Georgia school buses in many counties un

Georgia school buses in many counties undergo “physicals” to ensure safety for students beginning school year this week and in the coming weeks.

Georgia’s Super Speeder Law Revisited

Georgia’s Super Speeder Law was enacted 3 1/2 years ago and since that time a whopping 230,000 tickets have been issued. At a minimum of $200 ticket, in addition to the speeding ticket fine itself that’s millions in revenue. Yet, repeat offenders are prevalent. Is there a solution? Story from Fox News in Atlanta provides an interesting perspective.

Read more about Georgia’s Super Speeder Law.

Late Traffic Tickets Fees Forgiveness Period Begins in Dunwoody Georgia

For the next two months if you forgot to pay your Dunwoody GA speeding or traffic ticket on time you could get a reprieve from paying the late fees associated with the ticket. The goal of the program is to reduce the amount of outstanding tickets, encourage safer driving and to cut back on the number of arrests.

Since this will only be in effect for the next two months if you have a late ticket, procrastinating could put you outside of the amnesty period and stuck with all the fees. Read more about Dunwoody Georgia late ticket fee amnesty.

Get legal help with a Dunwoody Georgia traffic or speeding ticket from a Dekalb County Traffic Lawyer.

Georgia’s Summer H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) Begins

In an attempt to crack down on drivers who violate speeding and traffic laws, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the 100 days of the official H.E.A.T. campaign by Georgia law enforcement officers. Specifically targeting those who choose to risk others lives by texting and driving or recklessly speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol, be wary as the efforts of  your local traffic enforcement will be stepped up dramatically.

Should you end up with a ticket, Attorney Scott Fortas advises you contact the Fortas Law Group for legal help however the best tactic is safer driving and ticket avoidance.

Read more about H.E.A.T.

Amnesty Offered for Unpaid Parking & Traffic Tickets in East Point, GA

The city of East Point Georgia will be offering 6 days of amnesty beginning April 8th, to any driver with an unpaid traffic or parking ticket. Anyone with an outstanding ticket could have “failure to appear” fines waived at the option of the judge. Even those with suspended licenses may get a release from the court department upon payment of fines.

Read the story on East Point Georgia’s official site.

If you need assistance with a traffic ticket or speeding ticket in East Point Georgia visit the Georgia Traffic Lawyer’s website.

States Where You Are Most Likely To Get a Speeding Ticket

A recent USA Today article provided a list of the top 10 cities and top 5 states across the U.S. where, according to ticket related search queries found in google, you are most likely to get a speeding ticket. The article calls out the top 5 speeding ticket giving states as Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Maryland and the following cities specifically;

1. Atlanta, GA
2. Los Angeles, CA
3. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
4. Miami, FL
5. New York, NY
6. Chicago, IL
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Houston, TX
9. Orlando, FL
10. San Diego, CA

Read the article in USA Today.

Or if you were unlucky enough to get a speeding ticket or traffic ticket in Atlanta Georgia or any other city in Georgia visit the GA traffic lawyer’s website.

Red Light Cameras Along Your Route? There’s An App For That

With the growth of mobile technology and most notably, smart phones with access to the Android Market or the Mac/iPhone/iPad App store, figured it would only be a matter of time before someone came up with the great idea of sharing information regarding speed traps and red light cameras and making it available to others via an app.  Free apps include RadarActive Speed Traps, Trapster, iRoadAlert, paid apps range in price from $10 month for PhantomAlert to 99 cents f0r SpeedCam Live, SpeedTraps Live and a few others.

Reviews vary for the different apps but most agree that a monthly subscription fee of $10 might be a bit much even with all the bells and whistles that PhantomAlert claims to have. Trapster refers to their app’s users as a “social community” dedicated to sharing information about how to avoid a speed trap, red light cam or even hazardous road conditions. For those who have already racked up points on their driving record or paid traffic ticket fines that they thought were sky high, a little app can go a long way, just don’t become so absorbed in looking at the app on your phone that you forget to concentrate on the road in front of you.

If you do get a traffic or speeding ticket in Georgia, contact Georgia Traffic Ticket Lawyer Scott Fortas for a free ticket consult.

Georgia Driver Stopped for Speeding Violation Tries to Excuse Illegal Substance At Stop

A driver in Thomasville Georgia was caught speeding and found to be in possession of a bag of pot. Read more about how he attempted to get out of the speeding ticket and excuse the presence of the illegal substance in Georgia in this story from WALB News.

Speeding Ticket in Thomasville Georgia?

Speeding Crackdown in Coweta County Georgia

Speeding continues to be a major problem with major consequences on Interstate 85 through Coweta County.

Georgia State Patrol’s Newnan Post Commander Sgt. Lance Greene and Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. John LaChance are teaming up to make the Coweta corridor of Interstate 85 safer during ongoing construction. They are planning several enforcement crackdowns to get their point across.

From Dec. 1, 2006 — when the interstate widening and repaving project began — to June 1, 2009, the sheriff’s office’s traffic unit has worked 1,891 accidents on the county’s interstate corridor, according to LaChance. Of those accidents, 11 resulted in fatalities, and there were 728 injuries.

The sheriff’s office has issued 2,921 citations this year so far, and, of those, 2,611 were for speeding, said LaChance.

The speed limit through the construction zones is 50 mph and it will remain that way until the construction concludes and the state takes possession of the road from the contractors.

“There are a lot of people who are going 50-55 mph,” said Greene. “The message is out. Enforcement efforts have worked. But there’s always going to be a certain percentage of people who will exceed the speed limit. We are very forgiving of speed out there and we can still write tickets all day long. This is not about generating revenue — we’re being so forgiving that we should tighten up a bit.”

“Within one hour we can write 15 tickets, no problem — and that’s with high grace,” LaChance added.

Motorists who choose to drive 85 mph and above are basically declaring that they know “everything’s going to be perfect,” according to Greene. He said those motorists leave no reaction time in case something unexpectedly goes wrong.

“You can do everything right and that one guy out of 50 can do something stupid and all the other cars will get caught in it,” said Greene.

LaChance said the biggest ticket he’s written on the interstate was for a motorist traveling 108 mph. Greene has written a ticket for 101 mph and one for 105 mph — both motorists were stopped during the morning commute just north of Bullsboro Drive. Greene once clocked a motorcycle traveling 132 mph driving on the opposite side of the barrier wall, but he couldn’t get to him.

When the speed limit goes back to 70 mph after the construction project is finished, leniency will be gone, the officers warn. Anything over 85 mph — beginning Jan. 1 — will be violating the state’s new “Super Speeder” legislation and cost the driver an additional $200 on top of the citation. Also, speeding in construction zones doubles fines.

Motorists will be seeing a lot more law enforcement officers on the interstate. They plan to increase their visibility to pace traffic — especially over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.

In addition to increased patrols around Labor Day, police will be using lasers to catch speeders during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. They also target drivers who are following too closely, motorists conducting improper lane changes, anyone driving under the influence and other traffic violations.

“We will be out there on travel days,” said LaChance. They are also aiming for one concentrated day a month in addition to holidays and routine patrols.

LaChance and Greene are pleading with drivers to pay attention to interstate signage as road conditions continue to change during the final stages of construction. They should especially pay attention to the signs warning of lane shifts, ones indicating an exit-only lane, and ones instructing drivers to merge ahead.

“We’re begging people to slow down,” said LaChance. “Slow down and save a little money in gas.”

The sheriff’s office is hoping to keep the number of wreck fatalities down to no more than 10 this year, through a campaign of education and enforcement. So far, the county’s had six traffic deaths.

Still, the sheriff’s office has consistently reduced the number of traffic-related deaths. In 2005, there were 34 deaths; in 2006, there were 26; in 2007, there were 20; and last year, there were 12.

“Don’t speed, don’t follow too closely and don’t drink and drive,” said Greene.

Article by Elizabeth Richardson, Newnan Times Herald

Speeding Ticket in Coweta County Traffic Court?

Georgia “Super Speeder” Fines On Hold Until Jan1.

Pricier driver’s license reinstatement fees go into effect July 1, but the extra $200 fines for Georgia’s “super speeders” won’t be charged until early next year.

When the new fines, recently approved by the Georgia Legislature, take effect, they won’t be paid with the rest of the traffic ticket. They’ll be collected separately, with notification often coming weeks after the court date for the ticket, when the usual fine still must be paid.

These super-speeder fines will kick in for drivers caught traveling more than 75 mph on two-lane roads or 85 mph on any road. It’s part of an effort to raise money for Georgia’s trauma network, the system of emergency rooms and ambulance services called upon for the worst accident injuries.

State leaders hope a public subsidy will convince hospitals to keep their high-cost emergency operations running and that eventually new services can shorten the time it takes to get rural patients to a trauma center.

Though law enforcement likely will tell motorists about the increased fines, formal notice will come from the state’s Department of Driver Services. The DDS will have to wait for local officials to send it notice of the ticket, which is supposed to be done within 10 days of the ticket being paid or a court conviction, DDS spokeswoman Susan Sports said

Then the department has 30 days to notify the driver of the additional fine by mail, and the driver has 90 days to pay it. If the fine isn’t paid by then, the driver’s license will be suspended, Sports said.

“Please keep your address current,” Sports said.

The new speeding fines and increased fees to reinstate a suspended license are expected to generate about $23 million a year.

The speeding fines won’t be implemented until Jan. 1 because the state must print new traffic tickets, adding a box to indicate whether the ticket was written on a two-lane road or a larger highway, Sports said.

Even though the money won’t start flowing for a while, the state is expected to give the appointed commission in charge of spending it an advance to dole out to hospitals and ambulance services, said Dennis Ashley, who heads up The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s trauma program and is chairman of the state trauma commission.

The commission already has split up about $59 million in state dollars, spreading it among existing hospitals and EMS providers last year. Eventually, supporters would like to see upward of $80 million doled out each year, though so far Gov. Sonny Perdue’s super-speeder program has been the only fundraising effort that legislators have agreed to.

The commission, which met Thursday in Macon, is considering several potential uses for the super-speeder money. The state’s EMS and trauma office, which sets emergency care standards and inspects ambulance services, is “woefully understaffed,” according to a recent study by the American College of Surgeons, Ashley said. Commission members are talking about a statewide transfer system to triage patients across the state, making sure they’re sent to the correct hospital, he said.

In some ways the commission is still in startup mode. Members spent some of last week’s meeting talking about designs for a logo, which would be turned into a decal that can be placed on ambulances for which the commission approves funding. They also talked about hiring a company to build the commission’s Web site.

Ashley said the commission will try to keep costs for this kind of thing to a minimum. He said the commission wants to mark the ambulances it funds, though, since they’re being allocated on a county-by-county basis and need to be tracked.

The commission approved funding for 56 new ambulances last year for rural counties.

Some ambulances in those areas had 350,000 miles on them, Ashley said.

Article by Travis Fain,

Georgia Super Speeder Lawyer