Super Speeders May Be Paying More in Fines

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia's budget crisis is forcing lawmakers to be creative in coming up with new sources of funding, so super speeders beware.

If Governor Perdue gets his way, anyone driving over 85 mph in Georgia could soon be slapped with a $200 fine.

That's in addition to the original speeding ticket.

It's even stricter on smaller two lane roads, where the limit is 75 mph.

The purpose is to raise badly needed cash for the state's trauma care network.

Traffic accidents cause the state $7.8 billion every year; this legislation would bring in $23 million to help offset that cost.

Another bill on the table in the Georgia Legislature would add a $10 car tag tax to what people already pay on their birthday each year, and all that money would also go to trauma care.

WTVM will keep you updated on what legislators ultimately decide.