Fighting a Georgia Super Speeder Ticket
The new Georgia Super Speeder Law, which took effect on January 1, 2010 has upped the ante when it comes fighting your speeding ticket. In the past, where many drivers may have simply paid their tickets, this new law may make those drivers want to think twice.
The Super Speeder Law in Georgia
The new Georgia law defines a "super speeder" as a driver who has been convicted of driving 75mph or more on a two lane road or 85mph or more on any road. When you pay a traffic fine, you are admitting guilt and have been convicted.
- After this happens, you will receive a notice in the mail (sent via regular first class mail) alerting you that you have an additional $200 fine to pay because you are been designated as a Georgia Super Speeder.
- You will be given 120 days to pay this additional $200 fine.
- If you do not pay the fine, your license is automatically suspended.
- To get your license reinstated, you must pay the $200 fine plus a $50 reinstatement fee.
Super Speeder is a type of reckless driving, which is a criminal misdemeanor. An ongoing repercussion of this is that it will show up on a criminal background check, so if you will be applying for a job remember to explain this in advance to your potential employer.
When you are convicted of speeding in excess of 15mph over the posted speed limit, your insurance company will find out and you can be labelled as a high risk driver. Depending on your individual circumstances and driving history, your insurance company could elect to drop your coverage or increase your premiums. It is not unusual for premiums to be raised after an incident like this for three to five years.
Being labelled as a Super Speeder will not in itself add points to your license, but if you were driving faster than 15mph over the speed limit, you will receive points on your license for that. If you were to earn 15 points within two years, your license will be suspended.
Fighting the Ticket
With a long list of potential penalties, you can see that it is more important than ever to fight your speeding ticket and that the cost to do so could be well worth it in terms of years of increased insurance premiums, missed opportunities if you don't have a clean background check and possible license suspension.
Don't just pay the ticket. If you hire an attorney to help you fight it, your defense attorney can:
- Possibly negotiate your ticket down to a violation under 15mph, which keeps it from being reported to the Department of Driver Services, which in turn keeps your insurance company from finding out about it.
- Represent you before a judge.
If you do go before a judge to fight your Super Speeder ticket, your attorney will have prepared a defense that is based on which of the three common methods was used to monitor your speed:
- Pacing (driving alongside)
Equipment calibration, proper operation and maintenance of the equipment used to monitor your speed can be questioned. It is also possible that your attorney may be able to prove that the law enforcement officer was either too far away or too close to actually get an accurate reading from the monitoring device he or she was using.
If You Are Pulled Over
If you are reading this for general information, and not because you have already been given a Super Speeder ticket keep these tips in mind:
- Be polite
Don't say anything that could be used against you later (even "I'm sorry" or admitting you know why you were pulled over can be used against you
Call An Attorney
Don't get stuck with a Super Speeder ticket. Slow down! But if you've already been issued one, call an attorney who specializes in traffic law to discuss your case and best options. Don't pay the ticket until you have spoken to Georgia attorney and can make an informed decision.