Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents. In 2008, there were 306,342 car accidents in Georgia, and 18,999 were related to speed. Of the 115,737 injuries, 9,566 were caused by speed. And of the 1,493 fatalities, speed was a factor in 309 of them.
Driving above the speed limit puts both the driver and passengers at great risk. The crash forces in an accident double with every 10 mph increase with speeds above 50 mph. Speed also reduces the reaction time required to avoid an accident. On average, there is one speeding-related fatality every day in Georgia.
As a result, in 2010 Georgia enacted the Super Speeder Law, which is designed to get tough on those high-risk drivers who ignore the speed limits by hitting them in the wallet. How does the Super Speeder Law work? A driver must pay an additional $200 state fee if he or she is convicted of:
Speeding at 75 mph or higher on any two-lane road
Speeding at 85 mph or higher on any road in Georgia
The $200 fee is in addition to any local fines in the jurisdiction where the speeding offense occurred. Also, if a driver fails to pay the Super Speeder fee, he or she will incur an addition $50 fee and his or her driver’s license will be suspended.
Where do these Super Speeder fees go? The fees are used to help fund the trauma care hospital system in Georgia. About 60 percent of patients at trauma centers are related to auto accidents.