Wed., December 16, 2009 3:40pm (EST)

Super-Speeder Crackdown Starts Jan. 1
By Melissa Stiers
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —   Drivers be warned… come the new year… you’ll be fined $200 if you speed excessively on Georgia’s highways says public safety and highway safety officials.

“If you want to be treating our roads like a race track… getting in the car and driving like there’s no tomorrow, you will have to pay," says Bob Dallas, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Starting January 1st, drivers going 75 miles per hour on a 2 lane highway or 85 on a 3 lane will get the hefty fine.

The $200 state fine is on top of the local fine. Violators have 90 days to pay it... if they don’t, the state will suspend their license and fine them another $50.

Lawmakers passed the so called "super-speeder bill" last session. They say it will help fund the state’s cash strapped trauma care system.

Officials expect it will generate about $30 million in revenues the first year.

Critics say the super speeder fine is a tax in disguise and there’s no guarantee the money will go to trauma care.