A heads up for motorists driving through Georgia: be extra careful to heed state speed limits in Georgia or it could cost you dearly.
Since the start of 2010, Georgia has been hitting motorists hard for what they call high-risk drivers- those convicted of speeding at 75-mph or more on two-lane roads or over 85-mph anywhere in Georgia. If you don't pay the fee, you'll be subject to license suspension and additional fines and fees.
Perhaps the worst isn't for those living in Georgia who already have been told about the new law, but unsuspecting motorists who drive through Georgia. The additional super speeder fee assessed by the state many times arrives weeks after the conviction, separate from other proceedings and fines, leaving a motorist surprised at the thought of being levied more fines.
The state claims these fees will save lives another way with proceeds going to help fund Georgia's trauma care where an estimated 60% of patients are there for crash-related injuries. However, in a December 13, 2012 news release, the Governors Office of Highway Safety said the state only saw 24 fewer traffic deaths between 2010 and 2011. Further, Georgia was still on track at the time of that press release to see an increase in 2012 for total traffic related fatalities.
So are the speeding fines going to help fight speeding and crashes, or is it another government source of new revenue?