The odd language of the statute ( O.C.G.A. section 40-6-189) also states that "Such a driver, upon conviction, shall be classified as a "super speeder."" What the purpose of this "classification" is at the moment is somewhat of a mystery, but perhaps it can cause increased insurance rates or special classifications at the Georgia Department of Driver Services, especially for drivers from other states. Without any sort of desire to punish this classification by including this language, the inclusion of the term "super speeder" would be similar to a murder statute ending with "And if a person is convicted under this statute, this person shall be classified as a MURDERER."
Georgia, unlike a number of other states, has lower rates than other surrounding states (such as my home state of Florida). And Florida's $1000.00 speeding tickets (fees of which actually approach $1500.00) are still going strong. However, 85 in a 70 mile per hour zone is only 15 mph over. Our $1000.00 fines are for 50 mph over. Oh, and also for having a wiggly license plate.
I have not heard horror stories of people convicted under the Super Speeder law yet, but from what I read, they will give you a citation which you will pay in a Georgia county. If you decide to pay such ticket without hiring a lawyer or challenging it yourself in court, they will then send you a bill for $200.00. If they truly implement this method of collecting a fee, it could be subject to constitutional challenge, as it may be considered to be Double Jeopardy. (Conviction, Paid a Fine, and then Subjected to Another Fine)
Here is the language of the new law:
§ 40-6-189. (Effective January 1, 2010) Classification as super speeder; fees; funding for trauma care system.
(a) As used in this Code section, the term "department" means the Department of Driver Services.
(b) In addition to any other fines or penalties imposed by any local jurisdiction or the department, the department shall administer and collect a fee of $200.00 from any driver who is convicted of driving at a speed of 85 miles per hour or more on any road or highway or 75 miles per hour or more on any two-lane road or highway, as defined in Code Section 40-6-187. Such a driver, upon conviction, shall be classified as a "super speeder."
(c) The department shall notify offenders of the imposition of a fee under this Code section within 30 days after receipt of a qualifying ticket and notice of conviction. Failure to pay the fee imposed by this Code section within 90 days after receipt of the notice shall result in the suspension of the driver's license or driving privileges of the offender, and, in addition to the existing fees and penalties, a fee of $50.00 shall be assessed, payable upon the application for reinstatement of the driver's license or driving privileges. Notice shall be provided by the department to the offender by first-class mail to the address shown on the records of the department. Such mailed notice shall be adequate notification of the fee imposed by this Code section and of the offender's ability to avoid a driver's license suspension by paying the fee prior to the effective date of the suspension. No other notice shall be required to make the driver's license suspension effective.
(d) The department shall be authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Code section.
(e) All fees collected under the provisions of this Code section shall be deposited in the general fund of this state with the intent that these moneys be used to fund a trauma care system in Georgia and the direct and indirect costs associated with the administration of this Code section. The Office of Treasury and Fiscal Services shall separately account for all of the moneys received under the provisions of this Code section.