In Georgia, a speeding citation can result in a number of possible consequences. Not only will there be a monetary fine associated with driving over the maximum speed limit, but also the citation can add points to the driver’s record, which in turn could suspend his/her license, and possibly even increase costs of insurance.
The amount of the fine for speeding depends on multiple factors such as where the violation occurred, the driver’s previous record, and the posted speed limit. However, the maximum fines for a first time speeding violation are as follows:
- $25 for driving > 5 mph over < 10 mph over the speed limit
- $100 for driving > 10 mph over < 14 mph over the speed limit
- $125 for driving > 14 mph over < 19 mph over the speed limit
- $150 for driving > 19 mph over < 24 mph over the speed limit
- $500 for driving > 24 mph over < 34 mph over the speed limit
Additionally, according to O.C.G.A. § 40-6-189, drivers in Georgia must pay an additional penalty on top of the fine collected from the speeding citation when drivers have been considered a “Super Speeder” under Georgia law. This fine is an additional $200. In Georgia, a “Super Speeder” is characterized as a driver convicted of speeding in one of the following ways:
- The driver is convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road; OR
- The driver is convicted of speeding at 85 mph or more on any other road or highway in the State of Georgia.
The Georgia Super Speeder penalty must be paid prior to the deadline stated in the statute or the driver’s license will be at risk of suspension.
In Georgia, one of the consequences of certain speeding citations is that points are added to a driver’s record upon conviction. The Georgia Point System ranges from 2-6 points per offense. A driver with 15 points in a 24-month period will have his/her driver’s license suspended. The following speeding citations have the below-mentioned stated consequences to a driver’s record:
- 15- 18 mph over the speed limit = 2 points
- 19-23 mph over the speed limit = 3 points
- 24-33 mph over the speed limit = 4 points
- 34 + mph over the speed limit = 6 points
Due to the possibility of having your driver’s license suspended if either you are at risk of accumulating too many points or failure to pay your Georgia Super Speeder penalty, it is of vital importance to a hire an experienced traffic/ criminal defense attorney to advise you of all of your possible options, as well as your constitutional rights. At the Law Offices of W. Scott Smith, we do just that. Therefore, if you have been charged with speeding over the maximum limit, please call our office today at 404-581-0999 for a free consultation.