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Georgia Speeding Laws 

There are two basic categories of speeding offenses: too fast for conditions and speeding in violation of minimum or maximum limits. In these days of radar and laser speed detection devices, the latter is the more common violation.

It is worth noting, however, that speeding can be charged even when the speed being traveled is not known precisely and even where the speed is below the otherwise applicable maximum limits. This would typically be charged as too fast for conditions.

Too Fast For Conditions

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-180 directs that no person shall drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards then existing.
Examples of conditions that might require a lesser speed include approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing, approaching and going around a curve, when approaching and traversing a hill crest, when traveling a narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic by reason of weather or highway conditions.

This is an interesting statute because it is not constitutional on its own. For the charge to be valid, the officer must identify sufficient criteria to meet constitutional requirements. Bilbrey v. State, 254 Ga. 629, 331 S.E.2d 551 (1985). This means that the State must identify the conditions which caused the need for a lower speed and an estimate of the speed of the vehicle.

Many, many officers are unaware of the need to provide an estimate of speed and to identify the condition that made driving that speed unsafe.

However, it is worth noting that most officers will be of the view that they are doing the driver a favor by charging them with too fast for conditions instead of a speeding offense, since too fast for conditions carries no points for a Georgia licensee.

Speeding below Maximum Limits

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-184 provides three means of charging a driver of driving too slowly.

The first is referred to as impeding traffic flow. Basically, a driver cannot drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when that is necessary for safe operation.

The second is driving a speed below that posted on a minimum limits sign. The commissioner of public safety and the commissioner of transportation can set a minimum speed limit based on engineering and traffic investigations. The most common place that such signage will be found will be on major state highways or on interstate highways. Where such minimum limits are posted, it would be an offense to drive at a speed below the posted minimum except when it was necessary for safe operation. So, for instance, the minimum limit might be 45 m.p.h. but a driver encountering heavy fog or smoke or pounding rain or snow and ice could be justified in driving well below that limit.

The third way of being charged with driving too slowly is to violate what is known as the “slow poke” law. This law applies on roads, streets or highways with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction. Where the motorist is driving in a direction that has two or more lanes devoted to that direction, it would be an offense to drive in the passing lane so as to block drivers overtaking the driver from the rear at a higher rate of speed. This law applies even if the motorist is driving the speed limit and the overtaking driver is speeding. Passing lane means the most left hand lane other than a high occupancy vehicle lane. There are some exceptions to this provision including: when traffic conditions or congestion make it necessary to drive in the passing lane, hen inclement weather, obstructions or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passign lane, when compliance with a law of this state or an official traffic control device make it necessary to drive in the passing lane, when a vehicle must be in the leftmost lane to exit the highway or turn left, on toll roads when necessary to pay the toll or use a pass. It also does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties or to vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

Speeding above Maximum Limits

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-181 is our starting point. Basically, no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of a maximum limit.

Posted Limits

Your best bet to determine the speed limit is posted signs.

Unposted Limits

However, where signs are absent, O.C.G.A. § 40-6-181(b) sets limits imposed based on the characteristics of the roadway. Those are thirty miles per hour in an urban or residential district, thirty-five miles per hour on an unpaved county road, seventy miles per hour on a federal interstate highway except inside urbanized areas with populations greater than 50,000, sixty-five miles per hour on divided highways lacking full access control if signs allow that speed limit, and fifty-five miles per hour otherwise.

This Code section causes confusion for some people. They look at it and think that the only allowable limits are 30, 35, 55, 65 and 70 miles per hour. That is wrong. Subsection (c) makes it clear that the maximum speed may be altered as authorized in O.C.G.A. §§ 40-6-182, 40-6-183 and 40-6-188.

Process for Establishing Speed Limits

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-182 permits the commissioner of public safety or the commissioner of transportation can jointly set lower speed limits for a particular road or highway. That decision must be based on an engineering or traffic investigation which demonstrates that the conditions of that particular road or intersection require a different maximum limit for safety. Where such action is taken, appropriate speed limit signs may be posted, whether the change in limit is fixed or variable.

In addition, local authorities including incorporated municipalities and counties may also alter the speed limits based on similar evidence, engineering or traffic investigation that determines that the default speed limit is greater than is reasonable or safe based on conditions found to exist on the roadway within its jurisdiction. Particularly, speed limits can be decreased at intersections, decreased in areas outside an urban or residential district (but not less than 30 mph), decrease in an area within an urban or residential district (but not less than 25 mph), or decrease on account of a special hazard or condition. The authority can also increased a speed limit for an urban district, but no higher than 55 mph. Again, appropriate signs must be erected. No more than six alterations in speed limit may be made within a one mile stretch of road, and the difference between such alterations can be no more than 10 miles per hour (except near schools, where the difference can be no more than 20 miles per hour).

Where highway work is occurring, the Department of Transportation or the county or city which is conducting the work may designate a segment of highway, road or street as a highway work zone and may erect signs designating the speed limit for the zone and that speeding violations within the zone are subject to increased penalties. O.C.G.A. § 40-6-188. For a person to be cited or convicted based on the highway work zone, there need to be workers present or barriers,

Speeding Law

It is worth noting that the actual speed alleged against the driver is not considered a material element of the offense. If the evidence at trial establishes a lesser speed than charged, but the speed established is still in excess of the limit, the State's case does not fail because of the variation. Jones v. State, 258 Ga. App. 337, 574 S.E.2d 398 (2002); Porter v. State, 290 Ga. App. 113, 658 S.E.2d 893 (2008).  This means that if the officer charges you with driving 90 mph in a 70 mph zone, and the judge or jury finds that the evidence shows that you were actually going 80 mph in a 70 mph, you can still be convicted of speeding at the 80 mph level.

Citation Requirements

O.C.G.A. § 40-6-187 requires that any violation of a speeding regulation in Chapter 6 of Title 40 must specify (1) the speed at which the defendant driver is alleged to have driven, (2) the maximum speed limit where the driving is alleged to have occurred, and whether the violation occurred on a two lane road or a highway.

The sentence imposed by the court must include a finding as to the specific amount by which the person convicted exceeded the speed limit.

How Speed is Established

The State must lay the foundation for the method used by the officer to determine the speed of the vehicle. There are actually multiple methods for establishing a vehicle's speed including visual estimate, pacing, as well as radar and laser detectors.

Radar/Laser Speed Detection

For a law enforcement agency to operate radar or laser speed detectors, the governing authority for the agency must have a permit from the Georgia Department of Public Safety to use such devices. Such devices must be operated in accordance with the requirements of Article 2 of Chapter 14 of Title 40.

Such a permit is not authorized where the officers of the department are paid on a fee system. I am not aware of any departments in Georgia using such a payment system.  At this time, I am not aware of any law enforcement agency in Georgia still using the fee system.

To qualify for the permit, the agency-applicant must provide law enforcement services by certified peace officers 24 hours a day, seven days a week on call or on duty or allows only peace officers employed full-time by the agency to operate speed detection devices. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-2.

To operate a speed detection device under the permit, the officer must be an employee of the agency, be registered or certified as a peace officer by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and certified by POST to operate the speed detection device. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-2.

The permit specifies the streets, roads and highways within the geographic boundaries of the agency's territory on which the devices may be operated. O.C.G.A. § 40-14-3.

Punishment for Speeding

Speeding is a misdemeanor in Georgia. As such, it generally carries a punishment which can range up to 12 months of incarceration and a $1,000 fine. Obviously, most court dispositions of speeding offenses involve no jail time and lower than the maximum fine.

Courts have great discretion to determine the fine for speeding offenses. Many choose to use a schedule of fees based on the number of miles above the speed limit that the driver is found to be traveling. In some cases, the court may require probation. The court may also require defensive driving courses, drug and alcohol risk reduction programs, victim impact programs, or community service.

First Georgia Speeding Offense

In the case of a first lifetime Georgia speeding offense, the legislature in 2001 imposed some maximum fines. This schedule is as follows: 1-4 miles over, $0; 5-10 miles over, $25; 10-14 miles over, $100; 15-18 miles over, $125; 19-23 miles over, $150; and 24-33 miles over, $500.

It is worth noting that most courts that I have had contact with do not have any system in place to determine whether a particular speeding ticket is a first speeding offense for the driver. It is likely that many drivers do not get the benefit of this law change in having their speeding fine reduced.

This provision would not prevent a court from imposing jail time or probation on a first speeding offense. Jones v. State, 308 Ga. App. 99, 706 S.E.2d 593 (2011).

It is also worth noting that the determination of whether a particular offense is a first speeding offense should be limited to a review of the driver's Georgia record since the determination is based on violations of the Georgia statutory provision and does not incorporate similar violations under the laws of other states.

In most cases that I deal with, there are other considerations which are more significant than the fine, such as license points and insurance consequences.

Super Speeder

Beginning in 2009, Georgia has an additional penalty for speeding drivers.

Regardless of the fines and fees and other penalties imposed by a local court, the State of Georgia will impose and collect a fee of $200 for any driver who is convicted of driving at a speed of 85 miles per hour on any road or highway or who is convicted of driving at a speed of 75 miles per hour or more on a two-lane road or highway.

Written notification of the fee imposition will be sent to the driver upon the Department of Drivers Services receiving the qualifying ticket and notice of conviction. Failure to pay the fee within 90 days will result in the suspension of the driver's license (in the case of a Georgia licensed driver) or driving privileges within the state (in the case of a driver licensed by any other state). Lifting the suspension requires the payment of the fee plus an additional $50 reinstatement fee. Non-Georgia drivers should be aware that most states will suspend your license upon notification that Georgia has suspended your privileges.

The best way to deal with Super Speeder is to seek a disposition which causes your offense of conviction to fall outside the Super Speeder parameters.

Sean A. Black

Sean A. Black is a 1992 graduate of the Emory University School of Law. He has been in private practice in Toccoa, Georgia since June 1, 1992.



Posted Jul 10, 2019 at 10:39:44

I recently got a speeding ticket in downtown Savannah – 42 in a 30 MPH zone, not a school zone or construction zone. The officer was polite and said it was a city ordinance and would not go to my insurance or get reported or get me points. But I went to pay the fine online and it has me listed as owing $421. I nearly passed out. I haven’t had a speeding ticket in 20 years and now this for only going 12 miles over? It also has the citation as having ‘improper parking’ and I have on idea how that is even possible. I haven’t had ANY citations for 20 years. What do I do??


Posted Jul 15, 2019 at 06:47:24

A city ordinance will not go against your license or driving history, but the fine does seem fairly high. It is likely not a good use of funds to pay a lawyer to seek a reduction in the fine amount. You can go hat in hand to the court with your clean driving history and ask for a reduction in the fine amount. I cannot tell you what the response will be since I do not practice in the Savannah area. It sounds like instead of charging you with speeding, the officer wrote the citation for the ordinance-improper parking to help you out by keeping it off your driving record. That favor came with a pretty hefty price.


Posted Oct 28, 2019 at 05:42:24

If the streets in your neighborhood are public roads, there is a real limit to what your HOA can do, except interfacing with local law enforcement to encourage more frequent patrols and traffic law enforcement. Signs and even speed bumps are of limited effectiveness. One of the more effective strategies for slowing down traffic on a road is to do a road diet, where the road is narrowed. People perceive that it is not safe to drive fast on narrow roads and adjust subconsciously, but that is usually beyond the authority of the HOA and can be hard to convince local government to do.



Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 16:08:15

hey i dont mean to bother you but i have a quick question

in a defensive driving class i attended several years ago the instuctor mentioned a georgia law that local municipalities cannot pull you over for speed by radar or laser detection devices unless the speeds were greater then (maybe 9mph) then the posted speed limit so long as the limit was greater than 35mph
have you heard of such a law? do you know the code of it if so.
hope you r staying healthy in these terrible times


Posted Apr 23, 2020 at 08:44:16

The one that you are looking for is OCGA 40-14-8. I thought I had covered these in another post, but I cannot find that I did, so I just added a new blog post on my site.



Posted May 01, 2020 at 11:39:03

I have a question about the process of speeding tickets. I received a ticket in March in which the officer claimed I was going 71 in a 45. I know I was not going to that fast, in fact, I had glanced at my speedometer and it read 54mph seconds before he turned on his lights. I hadn’t even passed his vehicle yet before he pulled me over. He then told me that he would take the speed off of his partner’s laser which was 67 but either way I would receive a ticket. I now have a ticket for $215 and summons for court. Is this ticket worth fighting?


Posted May 01, 2020 at 13:34:08

It’s worth trying to do something about. 67 in a 45 is 22 over, which is 3 points against your license in Georgia. Licensees from other states may have lesser or greater penalties. A traffic lawyer who handles cases in that court might be able to negotiate the speed down further to get it to no points or non-reporting. The money you spend may be significantly less than the insurance premium bump that 3 points could cause over a three year period.



Posted May 05, 2020 at 09:23:09

I received a ticket for going 76 in a 55, but when pulled over the officer said that I was going 71 in a 55. The 5 mph spread determines the difference in whether or not it’s a super speeder. The way it all happened has me questioning things. The officer said that he clocked me as I passed him going the opposite direction. He didn’t flash his lights or anything at the time but he did tailgate me before finally hitting his lights. He then says that he had to go turn around to catch up to me. In the past if I was ticketed the issuing officer always hit their lights immediately. About him having to turn around, sounds sketchy to me. Then saying I was going 71 in a 55 but cited for going 76. He asked if I wanted him to recheck, I obliged. As he went to his car there was no way he checked. I watched the whole time. He simply reached inside his car and grabbed his clipboard and headed back to my car. Which means he already had it filled out, in my opinion.


Posted May 05, 2020 at 10:59:31

Unless you have video documentation of officer behavior inconsistent with his statements or report, it comes down to credibility between you and the officer as determined by the court.

If you are asking whether the officer is required to turn on his strobes immediately upon observing speeding or while going in the opposite direction, or is required to let you observe the calibration check, or see the reading on the device, then the answer is no.

A lawyer may be able to negotiate a speed reduction for you to avoid super speeder classification and possibly points.



Posted May 29, 2020 at 07:43:39

I received ticket for going 81 in a 70mph. So I thought

My ticket indicates (1-15mph) over speed limit but the ticket states I was going 91mph. I didn’t realize it suggested I was going over 90 until I got a notice for additional payment.

I paid the fine soon after I got the ticket, which was Christmas time on our family vacation from Ohio to Florida.

Then I received notice of additional $200 owed for super speeder.

Does my ticket have a mistake or do tickets issued for citations of 20mph above the speed limit also only say (1-15mph) over speed limit.


Posted May 29, 2020 at 07:54:27

An entry of “1-15 over” is not a standard entry on a speeding citation, at least in my part of Georgia. The many tickets that I see all state the speed and the speed limit and do not classify it further.

If your ticket says 91/70 and says 1-15 then there is a mistake, because those statements are not both true. The court would look to the speed and speed limit, and it appears that they did.

There is a 180 day period from date of disposition to try to get this withdrawn or corrected. After that, it will be too late. Failure to pay the super speeder fee will result in the suspension of your privilege to drive in Georgia and will be communicated to your state of licensure, where it can result in suspension of your license.


Dan Vaughn

Posted Jun 08, 2020 at 09:07:47

If a driver from Florida gets a speeding ticket in Georgia, can that driver elect to attend a driving school here in Florida in lieu of paying a fine, in order to keep the points off the record?


Posted Jun 08, 2020 at 09:14:46

Each individual court in Georgia has its own system of dealing with tickets.

A defensive driving course meeting Florida standards can usually meet the Georgia requirements,

Most courts will use that as a basis to make a reduction in speed or offense but not to eliminate a fine.

Your best bet would be to speak to a traffic defense lawyer familiar with the court where the ticket is or will be pending.


Caitlyn O’Malley

Posted Jun 11, 2020 at 09:32:29

I just got a ticket in Gwinnett/Duluth for going 71 in a 45. This is my first ticket so I’m not sure what to expect as I’m also still on my father’s insurance. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to tell him but now I see that my insurance will probably go up now as a result? Is there any way I can fight this


Posted Jun 11, 2020 at 11:19:21

26 miles per hour on a two lane road does not get you up to super speeder territory, but it is close. You avoided an extra $200 assessment that would have been on top of the court fines and fees.

It is a four point offense. If you are under 21, it could have license consequences.

You may be able to go to court and ask for a speed reduction or diversion program, but since I don’t go to Gwinnett courts, i cannot tell you for sure.

You should speak to some traffic lawyers in Gwinnett to see what they think they can do for you.

As for your father, he is saving you a bunch of money keeping you on his his insurance, do you really want him to find out about this ticket because his rates suddenly jump or his policy gets cancelled? That would be worse for you than just being honest about it. If you were paying your own insurance on your own policy so it did not affect anyone else’s wallet, it would b fine to stay quiet. Tell him about it before he finds out the hard way.


Posted Jun 23, 2020 at 06:04:24

The language “(must report actual and posted speed)” is an instruction to the officer/court personnel to list the speed the driver was going and the speed limit. In your case, it would be listed on the ticket as 84/70.

If you have tendered the fine, then on the court date, that will be received as a cash bond forfeiture and treated as a guilty plea. No other action should be needed.

By the way, the zero points because it is under 15 mph over the limit only applies to Georgia license holders.


Posted Jul 13, 2020 at 05:58:17

Do defensive driving course. Do Traffic Violators Impact Panel. Do community service. Sell the motorcycle or car used, if it belonged to you, and buy something much more underpowered. Be contrite.



Posted Jul 15, 2020 at 10:14:40

Hi Sean,

I just received a citation in Dooly county for going 84 in a 70 mph zone. I have a california license.
Other lawyers have said that this will not be reported because it is less than 15+, so I should pay it instead of hiring someone to ensure that it is a non-reporting violation. Your June 23rd response seems to suggest that an out-of-state driver would receive points. What is your advise?

Thank you so much,
Abel D.C.

P.S. It is possible I will changing from being a CA resident to a GA resident, in which case I will obtain a GA driver’s license. I don’t know if this is relevant. Thanks.


Posted Jul 15, 2020 at 11:02:40

If you were a Georgia license holder and that license was on the ticket, the 14 over speeding ticket would not generally be reported to Georgia Department of Drivers Services. Some clerks have been trained that they are to report all violations by non-Georgia licensees, even if it would not normally be reported since it is a zero-point offense in Georgia. The risk is that even if the clerk for that court in Dooly County does not currently report the 14 over speeding tickets for out-of-state drivers, there is always a possibility that that “non-report” gets corrected. If so, it could have consequences against the California license.



Posted Jul 16, 2020 at 07:30:18

As an update, the clerk at court got back to me and confirmed it will not be reported, because it was only 14 over. I explained I had an out-of-state license and she insisted that they will not report it in.

Thank you.


Austin Stansel

Posted Jul 16, 2020 at 07:38:44

I was pulled over coming out of Ocilla, GA. In between a 45 and 55 sign. By the time I was stopped, which was immediately, I was in the 55 zone. The officer cited me for 71 in a 45 because he says I was still in the 45 zone. I have never been pulled over before much less given a ticket. Is this worth going to court over to try for a reduced ticket or classes?


Posted Jul 17, 2020 at 07:19:31

To know your full consequences, I would have to know whether you are a Georgia licensee or not and whether you are above or below the age of twenty-one.

Assuming that you are an over-21 Georgia license holder, 71 in a 45 is 26 over. That would be a 4 point offense. An attorney might be able to get a reduced speed which might or might not require you to complete a defensive driving class or traffic violators impact panel or other activity. It is under 75 mph, so there is not a Super Speeder fee that will be assessed. Four points is enough to bump your insurance. It won’t suspend you unless you already have a number of points.

If you are an under-21 Georgia driver, that speed would cause a suspension of your license by itself. That is true even if you do a nolo plea or submit it as a zero points order. In that situation, it would be very important to have a lawyer to seek a reduction of the speed cited.



Posted Jul 17, 2020 at 08:27:48

Hi Sean, thank you for all your comments, it’s very helpful. I was driving from South Carolina to Florida, passing Georgia. I have California license. I was stopped in Darien. Officer gave me a ticket for speeding 15-18 over on 70 zone. Saying that I was driving at 85. I can’t show up to court. Do you think I should hire a lawyer? My biggest concern for it not to go on my driving record. Also do you know how many points it will be if it will go on record?! What would be your suggestion? Can I just do driving school and pay the fine and have it not go on my record? Thank you in advance!


Brooke devins

Posted Jul 18, 2020 at 12:54:00

hey, I was recently pulled over for speeding on Hwy 247 in warner robins ga. the speed drops down to 45 right near the museum of aviation. i think I was going 64 and he dropped it down to 59 so i didnt get a super speeder fine. well he was a young Georgia state patrol officer. it was around midnight-ish and he was in the middle turning lane with no lights at all on in his vehicle. i didnt even see him until he hit the blue lights. well after he writes my ticket im looking back over them at home and its a printed copy from his laptop, unlike the yellow copy regular officers give you. and instead of the city stating warner robins, which is where we were, mile marker 118 I think, it says perry. and we in fact were nowhere near perry. is this a technicality that can get this ticket dismissed? ive heard yes and no and im unsure what i should do.


Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 05:57:59

Unless a reduction of speed can be worked out,, then you can look forward to fines, driving class, points on your license, and a $200 Super Speeder bill that will suspend your license if you do not pay it.

You need a good traffic lawyer who handles the court your ticket is pending in.


Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 06:32:17

The Perry vs. Warner Robins thing is probably a clerical error and may not be enough to win dismissal.

On the other hand, if you are a Georgia driver, a ticket for 59/45 is a zero points offense, so it just costs you the fine. Also, 64/45 would not have qualified for super speeder either.


Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 06:33:46

It really depends on the jurisdiction. Defensive driving class, traffic violators impact panel, community service, and fines and fees, including the Georgia super speeder $200 fee are major possibilities. You should consult with a traffic lawyer who handles that jurisdiction.


Posted Jul 20, 2020 at 06:36:04

Repeating online sources, it looks like any speeding ticket up to 100 mph is a 1 point offense for a California driver.

Hiring a traffic attorney who handles that court (not me) may give you what you need to avoid coming to court and getting the offense amended to avoid reporting of the violation to California.


Posted Jul 22, 2020 at 12:22:55

I will send you an email directly about some options, but your best bet is to get a lawyer down there. A lawyer may be able to accomplish what you are looking for. I know it’s usually reserved for military people, but thank you for your service. Being a health care worker in this current health crisis is a commendable thing.


Cassandra Counsell

Posted Jul 26, 2020 at 04:47:46

Hi, my daughter (age 20) got a ticket late last night on the interstate, her way home from work. She’s never even been pulled over before, so she called me after in tears not understanding why she got a ticket for doing 5 miles over the limit when she had just been passed by someone else going faster. After she got home, she read the ticket, and realized he had ticketed her for doing 85/70 via laser. I also realize after reading, she is also eligible for a darn Super speeder ticket. Is there any way he tagged the wrong car, and is there any way to fight it?



Posted Jul 26, 2020 at 18:48:00

Hi Sean,

I just got pulled over for driving at 81 on a 55 zone by a Georgia state trooper. Officer was polite and mentioned that I wouldn’t be considered for a super speeder offense. Also on speeding ticket he mentions violation of code 40-6-181, also he typed the following on the remarks section: “MR FA OD OV 1STL 4L” what does that mean?

He also said that I will need to wait at least a week before the citation gets processed on Maddison county. This is my first speeding ticket ever, I’m well over 21 and I’m from North Carolina.

How do I know how much would I have to pay for this speeding ticket? Is there a way such that it won’t be registered on my record? I really want to avoid any insurance premiums because of this. Thanks a lot for your advice.


Posted Jul 27, 2020 at 07:09:52

The North Carolina license is the first most important thing you describe. You need to verify with a North Carolina lawyer, but my understanding is that anything 80 mph or over is considered “excessive speeding” in North Carolina and may subject you to a license suspension.

OCGA 40-6-181 is the Georgia statute that makes exceeding the posted speed limit an offense.

It would surprise me if this is not a Super Speeder offense. That provision applies to “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.” So, for it not to be a super speeder, it could not be on a two-lane road. On the ticket, there is section right below your vehicle and license information. The first check box in the section lets the trooper mark whether or not it is a two-lane road or not. If that box is checked, then paying the fine or pleading guilty to the offense will trigger the super speeder $200 fee.

I am not certain what the abbreviations mean. Based on the trooper’s statement that it is not a super speeder ticket, I am guessing that “4L” means four-lane. 1STL may refer to which lane you were in. But, I do not know the rest of them.

You can either go to court and speak to the prosecutor about a reduction or you can hire an attorney to represent you in court and seek a reduction on your behalf. The prosecutor or the court may require you to complete defensive driving or some other program to qualify. I do not handle speeding tickets in that court. I do occasionally handle DUI cases and other serious charges in that court.



Posted Jul 27, 2020 at 16:30:50

I recently got a ticket for speeding 94 MPH in a 65 on a highway going past franklin but in the city limit how should I handle this I have a court date set I’m only 18. I need help.



Posted Jul 27, 2020 at 16:33:34

I was recently pulled over on a highway doing 94 in a 65 I am only 18 and didn’t see the cop he was sitting in a blind spot where when I came over the hill he clocked me before I could see him. I was in Georgia going threw Franklin right before leaving the city limits of Franklin GA. I have a set court date and I don’t know how to handle it.


Posted Jul 28, 2020 at 06:50:31

If this was in Franklin County, Georgia, near Carnesville or Lavonia, it is something my office could help with. If it is the town Franklin in Heard County, it is too far away for me.

A speeding ticket 24-33 mph over the limit is a four (4) point offense. That is very important and worrisome since you are under 21. If you have a Georgia license, being found guilty of that speed could result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. What it needs to be reduced to would be influenced by your prior driving history.

It is important to note that nolo contendere or a zero point order will not help you with this ticket.

In addition, it is a super speeder ticket at that speed which would cause you to incur an additional $200 in state fees, which if you do not pay would cause a suspension of your license.

You need an attorney to try to help you convince the court to reduce that speed. And, you need to slow down a bunch.



Posted Jul 28, 2020 at 21:38:27

Hi, I received a speeding ticket which states I was driving 84 in a 55. 29 miles over. However I don’t believe I was going that fast. He showed me the radar, but again I don’t believe I was going that fast. I was just getting off 85 north onto 316 east. I was exiting using the PeachPass lane. On 85 the speed limit is 70. I don’t think the officer actually clocked my car. My lane needed to merge right, and there was traffic approaching fast from 85 south onto 316 east. I did have to speed up a little to get over safely. I was driving in the furthest left lane but There were cars in all three lanes traveling along side of me and the police were set up on the right side curb. This was 2pm on a Monday. I’ve haven’t a ticket since living in Georgia for 6 years. Before that I lived in Japan for 5 years and still had never received a ticket. I’m 44 years and live in Gwinnett County. I have great insurance Premiums and I’m very concerned about the best way to alleviate any major consequences. The officer ask me do I know how fast I was going, I said I think it was about 65-75. Then showed me his radar that said 84. I was really upset. Can you please give me some advice? Thank you


Posted Jul 29, 2020 at 05:43:26

In most Georgia courts, the economics of time spent do not encourage a lot of speeding trials. A good traffic lawyer may be able to help you negotiate for diversion or a lowered speed. Your record is great and will support that. You need to reach out to a lawyer who practices in Gwinnett County, though. It is a little too far for me.


Posted Jul 29, 2020 at 07:13:41

It would be difficult to prove that the wrong car was tagged. With laser, the beam is typically much narrower and focused. It becomes the officer’s word against the ticketed driver’s word. If the ticket was only for 5 mph over the limit, that should not be an issue, other than the fine.


Caitlyn O’Malley

Posted Jul 29, 2020 at 14:22:19

Hi Sean, I posted a comment on here on June 11th and am just now seeing your reply. I just got another ticket. This time I was going 54 in a 35, although I know I wasn’t going that fast. It was 7am and I was late for work, and of course there was a cop hidden right where I was passing the person in front of me. I am at a loss. That’s 2 tickets in 2 months and my previous was really bad. Is there any way I can dismiss this 2nd one? I saw in this thread that if it’s 14 or under, it will not be reported. I truly do not know what to do. I’ve been driving for 4 years and have never been pulled over but now it’s 2 in 2 months. Please let me know what I can do here so my insurance won’t go up too much.


Posted Jul 30, 2020 at 08:01:49

If you have not done so already, take a Defensive Driving course. Should be Georgia approved. That means in-person or remotely through video conferencing software so that instructor can see you.

If you are 25 years old or younger, take the TVIP course, that’s now Traffic Violators Impact Panel.

Get a lawyer to try to get the tickets reduced.

Most importantly, leave earlier and slow down.



Posted Jul 30, 2020 at 21:22:15

Thank you so much Sean! Do you know a good lawyer for Gwinnett?



Posted Jul 31, 2020 at 06:47:12

I was just pulled over going 69 in a 45. I am under 21 years old and this is not my first offense. I was pulled over in Roswell. Will my license be suspended at this point? Is there any use for me to get a lawyer and try and fight this in court.


Posted Jul 31, 2020 at 09:19:10

24 -33 mph over the limit and higher carries 4 points.

Resolution of the case without diversion or speed reduction will cause a suspension for an under-21 Georgia license holder.

Having a past speeding ticket hurts but a lawyer may still be able to help. But, you need someone close to Roswell. I will send you a referral by email to get you headed in the right direction.



Posted Aug 01, 2020 at 12:53:24

A Fort Valley Police Department officer using radar clicked me at 65 in a 45 and I plan on representing myself. Luckily my trial is in November so I have time to prepare. Any books, helpful websites with proven knowledge you’d recommend?


Posted Aug 03, 2020 at 06:50:10

No particular references I would point you to.

With a municipal police department, I assume that the ticket is in city court. If that is where the trial is held, you should understand that the judge is hired by the city commission (for a 4-year term), and they decide whether or not to re-up his/her contract. The judge sees the same officers over and over. The judge will let you say what you want but it likely to find against you. You would be better off speaking to a lawyer who handles tickets in that court. Chances are that something can be worked out to divert the ticket or reduce the ticketed speed.



Posted Aug 04, 2020 at 11:57:09

The exact same thing just happened to me coming off I-85 onto 316 this morning. I was traveling in the turn off lane onto 316 and had my car cruise control set at 70mph. I saw the police officer parked to the right on the curb area, and I knew at 70 mph I had been clocked, so I slowed down, and moved over into the shoulder immediately to comply with his blue lights. He got out of his vehicle and proceeds to tell me that he clocked me with his laser at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone (316 is 65 mph so I am confused) I didn’t say anything just accepted the ticket, but I am very disturbed that this is going to cost me a lot. I am 70 years old, and have NEVER had a speeding ticket or moving violation in my life. Should I contend this in court?


Posted Aug 05, 2020 at 05:48:31

You should get a traffic defense lawyer to help you. You may be able to work out a resolution of the case. You, with someone else, should go and record video of the approach to and the section of road that you were stopped in paying close attention to speed limit signs. 80 in a 55 is 25 over. 80 in a 55 is only 15 over, so a correction of the speed limit and a reduction of one mile per hour would bring you to a zero point offense for a Georgia driver.


James Cuffee

Posted Aug 06, 2020 at 17:56:21

Hey Mr.Sean, yesterday i got my first ticket for going 56 in a 35 speed limit zone. How much will the fine be for my first offense and is there any way i can avoid having this affect my insurance, considering that i am on my grandparents insurance and i only pay 100 a month


James Cuffee

Posted Aug 06, 2020 at 19:22:36

Hello Mr. Sean, so yesterday i was caught speeding on a two lane road. I was going 21 miles over the speed limit. This is my first offense and i am under my grandparents insurance. Is there any way i can avoid having this effect my insurance


Posted Aug 07, 2020 at 06:04:07

You should at least consult with a traffic lawyer familiar with the court your ticket will go to. You do not say where the ticket was so I can’t assess. There may be options to reduce the speed or divert the ticket provided you accomplish some things. Since it seems like you are young, you don’t say your age, there may be other concerns about the ticket that you need to know before disposing of it. You should definitely not just pay it. If you are under 18, it could put you at risk of losing your license if you get any other ticket that awards points.


DJ Hayes

Posted Aug 09, 2020 at 19:25:19

Hello, I am 22 years old and I received a speeding ticket for going 24 miles over the limit of 45 MPH back in February (5 months ago). Today, I unfortunately received a citation for going 25 over the limit of 60. What penalties should I expect to receive given that these two incidents happened within 6 months of each other and this was my second offense of going 20+ over the limit?



Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 07:59:21


I’m from Chicago and was driving through Georgia. I got pulled over for speeding 20 over the speed limit. 90mph in a 70mph zone. I honestly didnt think I was going that fast! I was looking at the average speeding ticket in Georgia for 20mph over and it was about $200. I received a $379.00 ticket!!!! plus a $22.00 processing fee. Is this right?!?!



Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 08:25:09


I received a citation for 50 in a 35 in union county Georgia and carry a Texas drivers license. This is my first offense and I am having issues finding an attorney to represent me in union county that does not charge an an exorbitant fee ($1000). My biggest concern is that I would like to not have this ticket hit my driving record. Would it be worth me making an appearance during my court date to see if i can get the ticket reduced/dismissed since i am a first offender? I do not mind paying my dues to the county I just would like to keep the citation off of my record.


Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:06:44

I understand. I am probably closer to Union County than more than 95% of all the practicing attorneys in Georgia, but I do not go there for traffic tickets.

In the absence of a Blairsville or Hiawassee attorney willing to handle it at a reasonable rate, it would be worthwhile for you to go to court yourself. If the case is in Blairsville, then you could ask for a city ordinance violation. If it is in the Probate Court, I am not sure what options they have available. You might ask if they have pretrial diversion or if they would reduce it to something like defective equipment which would not qualify as a moving violation and would not report.

For a Georgia driver, anything 14 over or below would not report, but with an out-of-state license, it could report.

Texas has a very simple point system. A conviction is two points with no wreck or three points with a wreck. Six points can cause license consequences. One point drops off for each full year without a violation.


Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:11:40

If you think that’s bad, if you pay it as it stands, you will also get a bill from the State of Georgia for $200 for Super Speeder.

Speeding is a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine plus surcharges plus the state Super Speeder fee for qualifying convictions.

Depending on the court where the ticket is pending, you can go to court or hire an attorney and a negotiation may result which lowers the speed and avoids Super Speeder, but which likely leaves the fine where it is or slightly higher. Even if it ended up being slightly more expensive, that would probably save you money over the long term given insurance premium increases.


Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:14:45

It is hard to know without knowing the particular court involved. Many would be considering which educational programs to send you to and what amount of community service you needed to do on top of a hefty fine. That speed also qualifies you for a Georgia Super Speeder bill of $200 if you are convicted at that speed. Those two tickets could also send your insurance costs soaring. You need to find a way to convince the court that you are serious about slowing down.



Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 10:50:48

My husband received a ticket in Brantley County on a 2 lane highway. He was going 63 in a 55 but then dropped down to 45 right as he got to the 45mph speed limit sign. He was given a ticket for 70 in a 45. The officer was rude and said he was “within range” of the speed limit sign so should have been going 45 sooner. However he was never going 70 to begin with, his cruise control was set at 63. Is there a state statute that says when you must alter your speed for a change in the speed limit? A special note…He is a Florida State resident, not Georgia.


Posted Aug 10, 2020 at 11:03:21

There is no statutory requirement that you be going at the changed speed limit until you cross the plane of the sign. Although one would have to slow before the sign to be assured that you were going the speed limit when you got to the sign, but not by much.

It is not a super speeder offense.

You probably want to see about a traffic attorney down that way to try to work something out to try to make it non-reporting. It looks like any speeding ticket where the speed is 50 mph or greater is a 4 point offense in Florida. Those points cannot be reduced by taking defensive driving or any other education program.



Posted Aug 14, 2020 at 20:41:11

I’m changing my license over from FL. too GA.
On my Fl record I have points for speed in excess of posted maximum for comercial vehicle. There is no mph over amount on the record This citation was issued in CA. How will GA. process and apply points with no amout mph over? Also does ga consider careless driving as reckless? I’ve noticed that different states have different wording for moving violations.


Posted Aug 17, 2020 at 08:38:43

So far as I am aware, those points do not transfer from state to state. Georgia would not give you a license if you had a suspension or revocation from another state, but I don’t think they attempt to reconstruct the three year history.

I am not sure how Georgia DDS treats a Florida careless driving. Looking at the statute, I do not think that it adequately corresponds to the Georgia reckless driving statute. It seems more like our failure to exercise due care offense which is a three point offense. Reckless is four points here.



Posted Aug 17, 2020 at 12:55:26

Hi Sean,

I got a speeding ticket in Laurens county recently. 102 in a 70. I live in missouri. suggestions- lawyer vs pay ticket.


Posted Aug 17, 2020 at 13:42:10

Any time you get to triple digits, I think you really need a lawyer.

It’s strange, in a way, because I don’t really see courts have the same reaction to 72 in a 45 that they do to 102 in a 70. The first is 60% above the speed limit; the second is only 46% above the speed limit. That is not to say that they don’t take 72 in a 45 seriously, because they do, it’s just that 100 mph and above gets extra attention.



Posted Sep 01, 2020 at 15:29:21


I am from South Carolina and was pulled over today in Hall County Georgia and was following traffic on a conference call with work and although I don’t believe I was doing the speed listed, the officer wrote me a citation for section code 40-6-181 Speeding (71 in a 45) 26 over. From what I read it looks like it is a 4 point ticket with fines ranging from $150 to $500. What all can I expect from this? Will other charges be added or will it only be Speeding? Also, could I hire someone from your firm to represent me in my absence to keep from losing points?

Thank you,



Posted Sep 01, 2020 at 17:05:26

Hi Sean,

I was just stopped when I started going up in speed.
Since I was going up, I did not see exactly what I was driving. The officer said 53 mph in a 30 mph zone. Yet, after coming home, I see that the ticket says 55 mph and that makes the speeding between 24-33.
I am 30 and it is my first ticket in Georgia.

What should I do?


Posted Sep 02, 2020 at 07:15:21

You should get a traffic defense lawyer who handles cases for the court where your ticket is headed. The lawyer may be able to work out a reduction of speed to reduce or eliminate the points you could incur. Your comment does not say what court the case will go to.

It will help that you have a clean record. You may have to do a defensive driving course or some type of intervention program.


Posted Sep 02, 2020 at 07:20:51

I do not handle cases in Hall County, so I can’t confirm their fines for that speed. A traffic defense lawyer in Gainesville may be able to get you some relief on the speed, which may save some points.

Because you have a SC license, GA will not set your points. SC will assess points. Online resources indicate that this speed will win you 6 points against your SC license.

It will probably be well worth the money to pay a lawyer if that person can get that speed down some. SC gives 2 points for the first mile over the speed limit. Unless the charge is amended to a non-driving points offense (under SC system), you would likely end up with at least 2 points.


Diquize Johnson

Posted Sep 02, 2020 at 10:57:43

Hey Sean
I was just stopped going 91 in a 70 in Dublin GA. Will that come with a super speeders fee?


Posted Sep 03, 2020 at 08:17:02

Yes, it will. 85 mph on a four plus lane highway (which is indicated by the 70 mph limit). To avoid that $200 fee on top of any court fines and fees, you will need a reduction to 84 mph or below. That would also make it a zero point offense if you hold a Georgia driver’s license.


James laird

Posted Sep 20, 2020 at 13:32:30

I got a speeding ticket doing 126mph in a 70mph. I am asking is that a felony in Lawrence like Georgia ? Yes I am going to hire an attorney. How much would it cost for a great attorney


Posted Sep 21, 2020 at 08:01:27

Speeding by itself is not a felony anywhere in Georgia, inside or outside of Lawrenceville. It is a speed is likely to get significant attention, be quite expensive and involve punishment/education/community service beyond a standard fine. You should look into hiring an attorney near there. I do not practice in Gwinnett County so I cannot answer your question about fees.



Posted Sep 22, 2020 at 21:45:02

Hello I got a ticket for going 84 in a 55. This is my first ticket ever and I am nervous about what to expect. I live in Alabama so how will this ticket affect my insurance as well? I know the ticket plus the super speeder fee is a lot so should I try to fight the ticket? I am to far away to drive back for court so what should I do?


Posted Sep 23, 2020 at 06:47:01

You should talk to a traffic lawyer who handles cases in the court where your ticket will go. I am not sure where that was.

A lawyer may be able to get a reduction of speed to bring it under super speeder and reduce license points. Or, they may be able to get the charge reduced to a non-moving violation of some kind, which would keep it off your record.

License points are determined by your licensure state. So, with an Alabama license, The Alabama Department of Public Safety website indicates that a speeding ticket from 1 to 25 mph over the posted limit incurs 2 points.

Based on that, your best outcome would be a non-moving violation which would incur no points. Second best outcome would be a reduction to Speeding 74/55 which will avoid the Georgia super speeder fees of $200. It will still net you 2 points in Alabama. If that second outcome is acceptable to you, you might call the court clerk first, some courts will agree to a 10 mile speed reduction pretty easily. It can’t hurt to ask.


Posted Sep 23, 2020 at 10:23:08

You would need to speak to an Alabama attorney about that. I am not familiar with the program.


Latavyia Jones

Posted Sep 24, 2020 at 00:31:05

Hi I am 20 years old and have recently received a super speeder ticket i know it’ll come with a extra $200 fine but will it affects my license in any way? And if so is there a way i can do probation and/or community service to help?.


Posted Sep 24, 2020 at 07:24:14

The fact that it is super speeder does not give me enough information.

Assuming that you are a Georgia licensee and you are under 21, a four point or more offense can have license repercussions. For a speeding offense, that would mean 24 mph or more over the posted speed limit. Your past driving history can also be a factor that can trigger problems.

You should definitely do a consultation with a traffic lawyer who handles the court that your case will be pending in.

If you are on a parent or someone else’s insurance, you definitely do not want a surprise suspension, because that can cause insurance consequences to everyone on the policy.


Latavyia Jones

Posted Sep 24, 2020 at 11:29:23

It was an 100 in a 70 and i do have a Georgia license but I’m on my own insurance do you recommend any traffic lawyer i can contact?


Posted Sep 25, 2020 at 05:54:23

I do not know what court your ticket is pending in.


Moataz Alasadi

Posted Sep 27, 2020 at 19:37:07

I was pulled over by MCCD officer claiming I was doing 81 in 55 zone, on a rainy day and heading in a curve. He called in a sheriff and introduce the sheriff by name only. I saw the sheriff when handled the ticket and my DL. He said here is your ticket and DL and here is the information for the court appearance date and time have a good day. No signing of the ticket anything and went on his way. I could not even talk to any of the officer about there is no way I was going that fast with that conditions and an 18 wheeler headwind the other way at a curve


Posted Sep 28, 2020 at 06:04:02

Some MCCD officers are equipped with a camera-augmented speed detection system which gives them a screen capture of the vehicle and the speed. Not sure if this one had that or not.

Possible defenses depend on the speed detection technology used, but many times these cases are resolved by adjustments to miles per hour. That depends in part on your state of license.


Johnny montano

Posted Oct 01, 2020 at 21:21:03

Hey I was pulled over in the city of cumming for 63 in a 35 and the officer was nice enough to drop it to 49 in a 35 will this report to my insurance company


Kee G.

Posted Oct 02, 2020 at 17:11:12

Hey what did they give you for driving that fast. I’m in the same situation with my son. He 18 n was going 118 in a 65.We in ga as well



Posted Oct 02, 2020 at 23:42:14

Good morning, I just received a ticket on going 102 in a 70 mph zone on the interstate. I’m 18 and I have only had my license for a few months and I’m not sure of the effects the ticket will have on my insurance or driving privileges.



Posted Oct 03, 2020 at 09:11:55

Hello I was pulled over a couple months ago (court kept getting pushed back because of covid) going 20 over in a 25 mph neighborhood. will i go to jail and if not how much do you think my ticket will be. i was 17 at the time and it was in roswell


Posted Oct 07, 2020 at 07:43:38

You would need to speak to someone who handles cases in Roswell.


Posted Oct 07, 2020 at 07:44:26

It depends on your age and state of licensure whether it will have an effect beyond points and Super Speeder fee.


Posted Oct 07, 2020 at 07:46:21

If you have a Georgia license, the clerk is not required to transmit the disposition at that speed to DDS. If it was transmitted, it is a zero point offense, but could still effect your insurance rates. Georgia does not have significant regulations of how auto insurers raise their rates.


Posted Oct 12, 2020 at 06:31:04

I am not familiar with that court.

Yes, 17-year-olds can go to their court on their own, not that that is a great idea.

Speed is zero points, so no license repercussions. Check with court about fine. Courts are not always familiar with that limitation. There may also be some other types of punishment employed with a young person, like community service, education, essays, etc.

The court will sometimes reduce the fine when requiring other actions on a young person’s part.


Posted Oct 14, 2020 at 10:36:47

Defensive driving will not eliminate or reduce the suspension consequence of a 4-point or greater traffic offense. It does reduce points.

More importantly, it may help in negotiations by an attorney representing him to get the speed lowered so that it is not a 4-point offense.



Posted Oct 16, 2020 at 17:38:18

Hello I need help. I’m 18 and got a speeding ticket for doing 100 in a 70 on the interstate in Dooly County and this is my first ticket. I know its bad. But I only speed up when I pass semi’s because they were swaying in and out of lanes. And I slow down to the limit once I pass them I do not “speed” unless necessary. And I lost a parent to a reckless driver so I do understand the possible consequences for my actions. I have my own insurance (which is already high) and I am a college student. But I have an app on my phone that tells my top speed over a duration of time and it says 96 (I know that’s still bad). Is there a point in trying to fight the case? Are there any other consequences that I might face? Will my license be suspended? I’m already on a budget is there possibly anything I could do?


Posted Oct 19, 2020 at 06:54:03

I do not handle cases in Dooly County, but you need a lawyer who does.

Passing another vehicle is not a legal excuse to exceed the speed limit.

The app on your phone should have a long list of disclosures somewhere about its accuracy level. It can be low or high from the actual speed. While the radar or laser speed detection device used by the officer also has a margin of error; its margin is much narrower than your app. It also has met all the evidentiary standards for its reading to be admissible in court, whereas your app likely has not.

If you are a Georgia driver, this speed is high enough to have license suspension consequences. It will also trigger a Georgia super speeder fee of $200 in addition to any court fines and requirements.

A lawyer may be able to help you get a reduced speed or offense to avoid some or all of those consequences. It will still likely cost you plenty of fine money.


Anna Rogers

Posted Oct 25, 2020 at 20:06:27

I got a speeding ticket in Lumpkin county. I was leaving North Georgia College after Army training weekend and was clocked at 66 in a 45 going down a steep hill. I have a Florida drivers license, and if the fine is over $200 I have to report it to my chain of command and get a waiver from the army. What are the repercussions for a Florida driver, doing 21 over, and I’m over the age of 30 without a ticket in about a decade?


Posted Oct 26, 2020 at 05:56:35

I do not regularly handle cases in Dahlonega, so I can only speak generally.

It is not fast enough to trigger super speeder. So, with the Georgia court, it is just fine money.

Florida can and will assess points based on the speed. That can also mean higher insurance costs.

It is probably in your interest to talk to someone who handles cases in that court. If it can be reduced to non-reporting, that may save you some insurance dollars, even if you pay more total given attorney fees.


Johnathan Overstreet

Posted Oct 28, 2020 at 05:25:43

Hi so this is my first speeding ticket and he stated I was going 101 in a 65 on the highway. I wasn’t paying attention to the speed I was going so I don’t know for sure if I was going that fast. I was just wondering what the fine would be and the consequences. Any help would be appreciated it and the city is Augusta,ga


Posted Oct 28, 2020 at 06:28:24

In Georgia, fines are generally set by the particular court, and even the particular judge. When you have a speed over 100 mph, the judge sometimes does not have a scheduled fine amount and sets it based on individual circumstances. The fine in that situation can be up to $1,000 base fine, before surcharges and court costs. You should consult with a lawyer who handles cases in that court.


Posted Nov 04, 2020 at 04:55:24

If you are a Georgia driver, it will put points on your license, which could lead to increased insurance rates. Three years of increased rates will likely exceed what it might cost to try to get the speed reduced.



Posted Nov 07, 2020 at 23:58:27

Hello Sean, I was recently cited for going 64 mph on a 45 mph road in Omega, GA. That was my first time speeding offense, so I was expecting a fine of $150, but I was issued a fine of $215. I have already paid the fine but is there a way I can context the fine? Also, I was put on probation until I complete a defensive drivers cass. The probation officer noted that I could take any defensive class online and get the waiver, but other sources tell me it must be in-person taken at specified schools, of which none was noted on the forms I received. I am quite confused and wanted to get your advice on how to address the issue.


Posted Nov 09, 2020 at 06:03:43

Any cap on a first-time speeding offense sets the base fine only. There are still typically about 35% in surcharges on top of the fine amount. Some courts disregard the limitations of OCGA 40-6-1, and some do not even know about them. Your fine amount does not seem terribly out of whack. Particularly if you are currently on probation, now is not the time to rock the boat.

The defensive driving class typically must meet the standards of the the Georgia DDS. Historically, that also meant “in person.” These days, “in person” includes attendance by video-conferencing software. Most courts do not accept or approve doing defensive driving by just watching a video replay.



Posted Nov 12, 2020 at 12:07:55

Hey Sean, I just was given a speeding ticket in Johns Creek while picking up my son from school. The officer says he clocked me at 53 in a 35, but there is no way. The main road had some decent traffic and I was accelerating from A red light when he got me. I was watching my speedometer and it did not go above 40. With the amount of traffic, there is no way anyone could have gone above 45. Further, the officer wrote LTI 496.6 ft which could not have happened until I was waiting in traffic again and not moving. Any suggestions?


Posted Nov 12, 2020 at 12:36:36

Without some hard evidence that you were not going that speed, i.e. dashcam that shows your actual speed at the time, the defenses of impossibility or officer mistake rarely prevail in speeding cases. Your best bet is to find a lawyer who practices in Johns Creek to strike a deal to keep it off your license. They may have a pretrial diversion program, but I am not down there to be able to tell you for sure.



Posted Nov 21, 2020 at 08:08:27

Hello Sean,
I’m a college student that was returning home for break when I was cited coming off of a down hill slope at about 93 in a 70 in Treutlen, GA. I’m hoping for the $150 fine, but based off of what’s been said above I fear that probably won’t happen. What should I expect and is there anything I need to do? The is my first ticketed offense anywhere and I’m stressing because me and my family are tight on money.


Posted Nov 23, 2020 at 06:58:18

You should speak to a lawyer who handles cases in that area, which would not be me. It may be an upfront expense to hire a lawyer but it will likely save you money over the next three years in possible increased insurance costs.


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