Speeding & Super Speeders

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Speeding & Super Speeders

Like other moving violations in Georgia, a conviction for speeding will result in the assessment of points on a person’s license.  Accumulation of 15 points within a 24 month period of time will result in license suspension.  O.C.G.A. § 40-5-57 lays out the points assessed for speeding and other offenses:

Points Assessed for Speeding Offenses

Speed Points
1 to 14 mph over the speed limit 0 points
15 to 18 mph over the speed limit 2 points
19 to 23 mph over the speed limit 3 points
24 to 33 mph over the speed limit 4 points
34+ mph over the speed limit 6 points

In addition to the risk of license suspension, speeding charges carry other negative consequences as well.  First, the tickets can be extremely expensive.  Speeding, like all traffic violations in Georgia, is considered a misdemeanor offense.  This means that a fine can be anywhere from $0 – $1,000.  Although many judges would never admit it, many jurisdictions use speeding tickets as a major source of revenue for their municipalities, and so courts are incentivized to punish speeders very harshly.  Speeding convictions can also result in skyrocketing insurance rates for years to come.

Super Speeders

Drivers convicted of speeding at 75 MPH or more on a two-lane road, or 85 MPH and above on any road or highway in Georgia, are considered “Super Speeders” under state law.  If DDS receives notification that a person was convicted of going 75 or more on a two-lane road or 85 on any road or highway, they assess an additional “Super Speeder” fee.  The fee is currently $200 and is on top of the already-steep fines and fees assessed by the convicting court.  DDS sends notice of this fee by certified mail, and the fee must be paid within 120 days.  If the individual fails to make the $200 payment, his or her license will be suspended.  The license can be reinstated by payment of a $50 reinstatement fee in addition to the $200 Super Speeder fee.  DDS allows for online reinstatement for Super Speeders here.

DDS does not assess additional points on the person’s license beyond those assessed for the underlying speeding charge.

A note for out-of-state drivers:  Georgia does not have the authority to actually suspend the licenses of out-of-state licenses.  It can, however, suspend a driver’s right to drive within the state.

Should I hire an attorney to handle my speeding ticket?

Many people think there is no reason to hire a lawyer to fight a traffic ticket.  They assume that there is nothing that can be done beyond just paying the ticket.  This is incorrect.  First, sometimes there are actually defenses in speeding cases.  For example, officers are required to calibrate their radar detectors periodically, and some neglect to do this, resulting in potentially inaccurate tickets.

Second, an experienced attorney can often negotiate a better outcome in the case, even for individuals who want to plead guilty.  Occasionally prosecutors will be willing to offer a diversion program for speeders, which results in no assessment of points on the person’s license.  Sometimes prosecutors will reduce the speed on the ticket, which can save you points and result in a lower fine.  Pleading nolo contendre, or no contest, may also be an option for you.  You should discuss this option with an attorney.

Before paying your speeding ticket, contact my office today to first discuss your options, and how you may be able to save money by avoiding substantial financial penalties, increased insurance premiums, and negative license repercussions—including suspension of driving privileges.

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