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New law to take effect Friday; super speeders to face additional fines
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    After today, speeding is going to cost way more than it has in the past. A new law will tack on a whopping $200 fine for some law breakers.
    Tomorrow, Jan. 1. , 2010 the new state “Super Speeder Law” goes into effect in Georgia.  This means anyone speeding over 75 miles per hour on any Georgia two-lane highway will feel the impact in their wallets.
    They will be designated as a “super speeder," and after they go to court and pay the normal fines for their infraction, the penalties won't be over.
    A letter from the Department of Driver Services will appear in the mail, and the "super speeder" will either pay an additional $200 fine, or his license will be suspended. And then, if that fine isn't paid, another $50 will be tacked on, to be paid before a license is renewed.
    The courts will turn over the "super speeder's" information to the state, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York. He said officers will continue to enforce the laws "as they are written."
    Georgia State Patrol troopers will be cracking down on speeding drivers as well as other violators, with particular attention over the New Year's holiday, said GSP Post 45 Sgt. Ken White.
    "We will be concentrating on impaired drivers and people who exceed the speed limit." Speeding increases the severity and likelihood of accidents, he said.
    The law also applies to those convicted of driving above 85 miles per hour on any road in Georgia, according to the Ga. Office of Highway Safety.
    Again, the additional $200 mandated by the "Super Speeder" law (HB160  will be in addition to any local fines already in effect in the jurisdiction where the speeding offense occurs.
     Fees collected under the new law will be used to help fund Georgia’s trauma care hospital system, where approximately 60 percent of all trauma-care-patients are crash-related.

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