The GA super speeder law is a tax grab. Settling the misdemeanor traffic ticket, under GA law, triggers this ADDED penalty being stacked on top of whatever you paid at traffic court.
Any super speeder fee not paid within 120 days will result in GA DDS (DMV GA) taking one of three steps to suspend the super speeder’s driver’s license:
So, if that same person gets pulled over on Georgia roadways in the future, and this suspension of driving privileges is found, he or she will be taken straight to jail. Police in Georgia rely upon the Georgia DDS records to make an arrest for DUS (driving under suspension or driving while suspended). Typically, the Georgia law enforcement officer will check each detained driver by name and date of birth, looking for “wants” and “warrants” for this driver.
The purpose is to let the State of Georgia collect money after police stop high-speed drivers, who are caught flaunting speeding laws. Most tickets are supported by a speed check from police radar or police laser devices, so that “scientific” verification of the speeding ticket “number” can be established in court.
When the speeding ticket is upheld, in court, and the driver was exceeding the mandate of Georgia speeding laws, another added TAX of $200 is collected by the State of Georgia, by means of the DDS GA mailing out a notice of this money being due and payable.
The Legislature’s goal of the GA super speeder law is money-generating, which follows a consistent theme of Georgia lawmakers for the past 15 years. The GA Super Speeder Law adds this monetary cost onto citizens with a lead foot, who are not likely to complain, or have any little political clout.
Most states track how many “points” are accumulated on a driver’s license over a fixed period of time. The super speeder laws have no provisions for adding points to any driver’s record. This function already occurs at the criminal case disposition.
Assessment of points, for a speeding ticket, is just one place that points get added to your Georgia driver’s license. Many other types of traffic tickets carry points.
That time frame, in Georgia, is during and 12-month period (for youthful drivers) to looking at the previous 24 months (for all other drivers). Other states legislate how many points and over what time frame a points suspension is imposed on their license drivers. Once too many points are put on the driving history of a speeding ticket driver, that driver will suffer a “points suspension.”
In GA, the super speeder law does not ADD points, but (under GA laws) points will follow any speeding conviction of 15 mph or more over the limit. Again, the ticketed driver must deal with super speeder law Georgia on two fronts, to assure being able to drive.
Super speeders who miss the payment deadline of 120 days, and are suspended by the Georgia Department of Driver Services have to pay a $50 reinstatement fee on top of the $200 super speeding assessment. Once the $50 amount and the $200 super speeding payment have cleared, this will “undo” the suspension, and the violator will be reinstated to drive in GA.
Until both of these amounts are paid, a driver will NEVER be able to drive in Georgia without fear of arrest. The use of automated license plate readers (tag readers) may be basis for a pullover and arrest for driving while suspended. [See images above, for two types being used in the USA]. The ALPR sends information on your vehicle to police nearby, and you will be pulled over due to the suspended license alert caused by finding your tag information.
DDS Georgia Online Payments
The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS GA) makes payments of super speeder or other fines easy to accomplish. This can be made by check, money order, cashier’s check, or by credit card. Go to www.dds.ga.gov, and type in “online payments.” Remember, Georgia DDS has NOTHING to do with the criminal case, for speeding tickets. That is handled in your traffic court, which must have already occurred, for any super speeder GA tax to be due and owing.
The www.dds.ga.gov mailing address is:
Georgia Department of Driver Services
P.O. Box 80447
Conyers, GA 30013
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Because drivers who are licensed in other states can trigger a total license suspension by pleading guilty or nolo contendere to a high-speed traffic citation in Georgia, it is unwise to try to handle your own speeding case in GA. Don’t leave a GA speeding ticket “lingering.”
Georgia law enforcement now has thousands of ALPR devices (automated license plate reader) like the one below, on fixed posts, retaining walls and police cars. These high-speed computers show an outstanding warrant or suspended license in less than 2 seconds.
This is doubly true for every Georgia super speeder. To protect your driver’s license, call us on any violation of the super speeder law in Georgia, or a speeding ticket that is too expensive or too much trouble to return to Georgia.
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