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Super-speeder law is now on the books

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

Thomasville,  GA (WALB) –  Are you a super speeder? The new law went into effect January 1st and carries hefty fines. Some law officers like it, others don't. They think the fine is too high, and are even reducing speeds when they issue citations.

Every day Thomas Co. Sheriff's Deputy Chris Daniell runs radar, looks for speeders..and issues citations. "It's a hardship on them, but it's also a safety issue," he said.

Today we went along for the ride to see just how many super speeders were out there. "We're going to go ahead and stop this one."

Daniell clocked our first speeder going 70 in a 55, on a four-lane highway. Her excuse?

"Do you know how freakin' late I am?"

She was late for work. "Just slow down for me, OK?"

She drove away with a warning. But even if she had been cited, she wouldn't have been classified as a super speeder. "We're on a four lane road, super speeder is if you're traveling 85 or over, you could be charged."

On a two-lane, you're Super speeding if you reach 75 miles per hour. "It's a lot of money, it's a $200 fine, plus the cost of the ticket."

As our hour-ride came to an end, we caught one more speeder. Not technically a super speeder, but still traveling 25 miles over the speed limit. "What is the speed limit?," he asked.

"35, I got you going 60."

The deputy was quick to inform her of the new law then let her go too, with a warning. "Please slow down, unless you have $300 to throw away."

The Thomas County Sheriff"s Office has yet to hand out a super speeder citation since the law went into effect January first.

Deputies say they know paying the hefty fine is tough in today's economy.  "It generally depends on what the attitude of the violator is. Generally I will reduce the fine and just charge a local fine."

But the number of speeders has decreased. Daniell used to pull over at least 15 cars a day. "Now?  Eight or nine. It's cut in half."

Maybe the scare of the super speeder law is working. And Georgia roads are a little bit safer.

The deputy told us despite the media hype, only half of the people he pulls over know about the law, and he says it's his top priority to inform the public of the new law even if they aren't super speeding.

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