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Georgia prohibits 'super speeders' in order to reduce car wrecks

It's no surprise that speeding is a significant contributing factor to car, truck and motorcycle accidents in Georgia and throughout the U.S.

We all know that driving too fast makes it much harder to react to roadway dangers in time. If the driver in front of us abruptly puts on the brakes, for instance, we may not be able to stop in time to avoid rear-ending him or her. In a similar manner, speeding tends to increase the severity of accident-related injuries. A car crash at 30 miles per hour may cause bruises or broken bones, but a crash at 60 miles per hour can easily cause death.

We all know this. And yet, some people still choose to recklessly exceed the posted speed limits. This is why Georgia has enacted a "Super Speeder Law."

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, this law, which went into effect in 2010, is intended to motivate drivers to obey the speed limits by imposing much heftier fines.

The law is officially called "HB160." Among other things, it states that drivers found guilty of going 75 mph or more on any two-lane road, or going 85 mph or more on any other road, will have to pay a $200 fee. This $200 state fee is in addition to local fees, so convicted "Super Speeders" may truly feel the pain in their pocketbooks.

If anyone fails to pay the $200 fee, the fee will be increased to $250 and the person's driver's license will be suspended.

Of course, for those harmed by the reckless speeding of others on the road, the laws bring only limited comfort. Victims may benefit more from consulting a personal injury lawyer about their options for pursuing compensation.

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