There are many different traffic violations that often occur alongside a Georgia DUI offense. One of these is the issue of speeding. Often, speeding is the initial reason for the traffic stop that leads to the charge of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol. When a driver speeds at an extremely high rate, they may face penalties under Georgia's "super speeder" laws in addition to the DUI penalties.
If you or someone you care for has been arrested for DUI, and/or been charged as a "super speeder," an experienced Georgia DUI attorney can fight to protect your rights and your ability to drive.
What is a "Super Speeder" in Georgia?
When a Georgia driver drives too fast, they get a ticket. This is not news. However, driving over a certain speed can result in heightened penalties under Georgia's "super speeder" law contained in O.C.G.A. § 40-6-189.
You can be considered a "super speeder" if you are convicted of speeding at 75 mph or over on a two-lane road or at 85 mph or more on any other road or highway in Georgia.
A two-lane road is "a road or highway with two lanes for through-traffic movement, exclusive any portion of the road or highway adjoining the traveled way for parking, speed change, turning, weaving, trucking climbing, or other purposes supplementary to through-traffic movement."
If there are only two lanes, and traffic moves in opposite directions on that road, driving 75 mph or over will result in your classification as a "super speeder."
Other Roads or Highways
This is a "catch-all" to cover all other types of roads in Georgia. It applies primarily to highways but can apply to any road which has more than two lanes. On these types of roads you must be traveling at 85 mph or more to be labeled a "super speeder."
Does the Speed Limit Matter?
No. The speed limit of the street you were on has no impact on your classification as a "super speeder." It is all about the type of road you were on and how fast you were actually traveling.
"Super Speeder" Penalties
If you are convicted of a "super speeder" violation, you will be charged an additional $200 over your standard speeding ticket cost. The "super speeder" designation does not, in and of itself, carry any additional points to your license.
However, the Georgia point system is the same for all speeding convictions.
- 2 points: 15-18 mph over the speed limit
- 3 points: 19-23 mph over the speed limit
- 4 points: 24-33 mph over the speed limit
- 6 points: 34 mph or more over the speed limit
If you get more than 15 points in more than 24 months, your license will be suspended.
Consult a Georgia DUI Attorney
If you have been convicted as a "super speeder" in Georgia, especially if that charge is part of an underlying DUI charge, you need experienced legal help to protect your constitutional rights and your ability to drive.