Current Events/News

Georgia's Super Speeder law:

The law in Georgia on the Super Speeder tickets went into effect on January 1, 2010.  It provides that anyone pleading guilty to the charge of  exceeding the speed limit by 75 mph on a two lane road, and 85 mph on any road shall be issued an additional fee by the Department of Driver Services in the amount of $200.00.   The Department has 30 days upon receipt of the notice of conviction to issue the additional charge.

If the offender fails to pay the additional fee within 90 days, the Department of Driver Services shall suspend the driver's license of the offender.  Said license will remain suspended until the offender pays the additional fee, plus $50.00 to apply to have his license reinstated.

The additional fee of $200.00 goes into the General Fund of the State of Georgia, with the "intent" that said fees will be used to fund a trauma care system.  That remains to be seen.

The courts handling the super speeder cases will not get any of the money paid by the offenders for the super speeder fee of $200.00.  Accordingly, I suspect that many courts will be willing to reduce speeding cases below the 75 and 85 mph level to encourage people to enter pleas of guilty and avoid the super speeder fees.  I've talked to at least one prosecutor who states that is what he expects to happen.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced new rules for the manufacturer of trucks to protect the driver and passenger involved in rollovers. Vehicles under 6,000 pounds will be required to have structural strength to be able to withstand forces equal to three times the weight of the vehicle. Vehicles between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds will be required to withstand forces equal to 1.5 times the weight of the vehicle.

Traffic deaths for 2008 were the lowest number since 1961 at 1.28 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, down from 1.36 in 2007. This news comes with reports that seat belt usage has continued to climb.

DUI fatalities have shown  a significant decline with a 3.7 percent reduction from 13,491 in 2006.  On the other hand the number of fatal crashes of drunk motorcycle riders has shown a disappointing increase.  Drinking affects your ability to maintain your balance and is particularly dangerous when riding a motorcycle.

The Department is investing $13 million in advertising over the Labor Day holiday for a campaign named "Drunk Driving. Over the limit.  Under arrest."  No doubt there will be roadblocks to catch DUI drivers over that holiday period.

Recent case law in Georgia makes it easier for people to be arrested for DUI.  All you have to do is blow into the portable breath testing device at the pullover.  Police frequently lie to drivers and state that the PBT only indicates positive or negative for alcohol, but it actually prints out a number, so the police will be able to tell where you are on the range of alcohol consumed and decide whether or not you are over the limit and should be arrested.  They can't use the PBT number in court to prove that you scored at a certain level, but they can use the Intox 5000 breath test results to show you were over the limit.

Of course, drivers who have consumed alcohol usually say too much when talking to the police after they have been pulled over.  After all, alcohol relaxes your inhibitions.  Be careful what you say and if in doubt about answering questions, just ask to talk with your attorney or remain silent.  You may be arrested anyway, but you will not be giving information that will be recorded at the scene and used to prove your guilt later on."