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Troopers target fast motorists under new 'Super Speeder Law'

Motorists with a heavy foot on the gas pedal might think about letting up a little now that a new speeding law is on the books in Georgia.

The chances are likely that motorists who don't comply with the Super Speeder Law, which took effect Jan. 1, will be looking at some hefty penalties if convicted in traffic court.

The law tacks on a $200 fee for motorists exceeding 85 mph on four-lane roads and interstate highways. The same fee applies to Georgia drivers traveling 75 mph or more on two-lane roads. Troopers at the Georgia State Patrol post in Grovetown and elsewhere across the state are already targeting drivers with the need for speed.

Several motorists have been stopped speeding excessively along Interstate 20 in four of the five counties that troopers patrol from Post No. 25 in Grovetown. Those four counties are McDuffie, Warren, Columbia and Richmond.

Sgt. Ritchie Howard, who lives in McDuffie County, was patrolling I-20 on the first day the law took effect. Several motorists stopped that day by him and other troopers were traveling at excessive speeds.

If you think you can just tuck the ticket away somewhere and no one will ever know the difference, think again. Those tickets won't be forgotten about by authorities. In fact, motorists who attempt to dodge paying the fine could have their driver's license suspended.

The new law is aimed at reducing traumatic automobile crashes, while providing additional funding for trauma care across the state, according to Gov. Sonny Perdue.

"Traffic accidents exact an enormous cost on the people of Georgia," Mr. Perdue said in a news release. "We must do more to prevent crashes and save lives by addressing behaviors such as speeding that lead to many serious accidents."

The law could generate as much as $25 million to $30 million a year. The additional fees will go into the state's general treasury with the intent of such funds going to fund a trauma care system.

"There is a clear link between the people who cause deadly accidents on our roadways and rising strain on our hospitals' emergency services," Mr. Perdue said. "We're going to hold accountable people who repeatedly engage in dangerous activities and I hope that these increased fines will give them incentive to stop their behavior and make our roads safer."

Web posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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