Though Texas has hiked the state highway speed limit to 85 mph, it is unlikely that Georgia will ever be able to have any limits over 70 mph because of the terrain and strict speeding laws comments traffic attorney, Gus McDonald.
Online PR News – 14-January-2013 –A newly constructed Texas state highway and toll road has opened this past month. Running about 20 miles south of Austin, the roadway boasts a speed limit higher than any other state highway in the nation: 85 mph. The new speed limit was made possible by a decisions passed last year by the Texas Transportation Commission after state lawmakers passed legislation allowing higher limits on new highways. Legislators hope it will ease a burden on commuters and travellers.
"As a traffic lawyer in Georgia, I don’t see this becoming a trend, at least not in our state,” says Gus McDonald, an attorney with McDonald, Cody & Cook, LLC. "In the last few years, Georgia state laws have become considerably more strict."
There are two major ways the state has discouraged speeding. One is the super speeder law. Enacted in 2010, the law states that drivers found guilty of exceeding 75 mph on a two-lane road or 85 mph on any road or highway considerably higher fines, up to $200 more than a first time offender. Georgia also has the license points suspension program, which dictates that a repeat offender will lose their license if they accrue too many points on their record. Offenders who do lose their license are required to pay significant fines and take a defensive driving course before their license can be reinstated.
These laws have been set in place to increase safety on Georgia roads and highways. According to the Governor's Office of State Highway Safety in Georgia, the crash force or a collision will double on impact with every 10 mph increase above 50 mph. Speeding also reduces reaction time needed to avoid a crash. When speed limits are followed dutifully, it makes the state roadways and highways safer for every driver.
“In addition to the laws in place now, there are many factors to consider when changing speeding laws in Georgia, says McDonald, “For example, our landscape is considerably more hilly and dynamic than the Texas terrain. It’s not about whether or not you can change the law, it’s whether the law promotes safe driving when all the factors are carefully considered.”
While 34 states in the nation have maximum limits of 70 mph or higher, Texas now boasts the very highest. Many people welcome the new change because Texas is such a big state. It takes more than 10 hours to traverse the state by car based on the current speed limits. The change also has the rest of the nation buzzing on whether it will incite change in their respective states. For Georgia, however, chances are they will stay the same.
To learn more about the super speeder law or speeding tickets and laws in Georgia, visit ticketforspeeding.com.
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