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Keeping an eye out for super speeders
Law enforcement officers have been out on the state’s highways in force with the Christmas holidays — and they’re also getting ready for the start of the Super Speeder law. The law goes into effect Friday. - photo by Photo by Rick Lott

If you thought speeding tickets were bad, just wait until Friday.

Georgia’s new Super Speeder law goes into effect, which means if a driver is caught doing 75 mph or more on any two lane road or 85 mph or more anywhere, an additional $200 fine gets tacked onto the normal ticket.

The Georgia State Patrol, along with the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, conducted a speed initiative on the Jimmy DeLoach overpass above I-95. The event was designed to draw attention to the new law and to educate the public to the new fines and to the dangers of speeding on Georgia’s highways.

Star Cpl. Guy Fedak manned the radar gun while Sgt. Bobby Stewart noted vehicles and speeds as speeders were tagged. When a speeding vehicle was targeted, a call went out to police cars on I-95 who then pursued and pulled over the offending drivers.

SCMPD public affairs officer Gena Moore said that in less than two hours of aggressive ticketing, 85 tickets were issued and three vehicles were towed. At one point traffic was backed up for about a quarter mile with five or more police cars pulling cars over along the highway.
Police had 13 chase cars working the event and along with the tickets, drivers were given a flyer describing the new Super Speeder law and its fines. The flyer emphasizes that raising revenues for the state is not the reason for the new law, but instead it is designed to bring speeds — and traffic deaths — down in the state.

The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1.