ATLANTA -- Georgia's Super Speeder law is nearing the end of its second year and judging by statistics obtained by 11Alive News it is bringing in some big money. That is, if all drivers cited would pay their fines.
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The law went into effect in July 2009. Drivers caught going 20 miles or more over the posted speed limit are fined an extra $200.
As of the end of November 2010, officers had issued 116,600 citations totaling $25,201,300.
That's the projected income. Not all drivers have paid their fines. Only 59.4% have paid in full over the life of the program, meaning the state still has to collect $10,222,445.
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Those who don't pay their fines within 90 days of receiving a ticket are then notified that their driver's license has been suspended. It costs an extra $50 to get it re-instated.
Backers of the super speeder law promised that a portion of the revenue would go to fund trauma care, but according to the Georgia constitution none of the money can actually be earmarked. It simply goes into the general fund.
11Alive News is now looking into what percentage of the super speeder money has been put toward trauma care and which hospitals have benefited.