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I got my first speeding ticket in Granville, Georgia under

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I got my first speeding ticket in Granville, Georgia under Code Section 40-6-188, going 79 in a 50. I realize that in construction zones my fine can be doubled plus up to 60% junk fee. Based on my research the base fine for first time speeders going 19 but less than 24 miles over is 150.00. So doubled that would be 150 x 2 = 300 x up to 60% which is 300.00 + 180.00 + 480.00 is that correct?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ray replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for your question. I agree with your math here.Also you can take defensive driving here.This really is best option as it keeps it off your record. Here are traffic laws for reference..

"JURISDICTION: GEORGIA

This chapter summarizes Georgia Statute statues related to speed.

General Reference: Code of Georgia Annotated (Code of 1981)

Basis for a Speed Law Violation:


Basic Speed Rule: No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard for the actual and potential hazards than existing. §40-6-180


Statutory Speed Limit: 70 MPH(1) on interstate system or on physically divided highways


See Other below. outside of urban areas with a population 50,000 §40-6-181(b)(2)
65 MPH1 on the interstate system inside urban areas with a population 50,000 §40-6-181(b)(3)

65 MPH1 on State divided highways without full access control §40-6-181(b)(4)


55 MPH on other locations §40-6-181(b)(5)


30 MPH in urban or residential district §40-6-181(b)(1)


35 MPH on unpaved county road §40-6-181(b)(1.1)


Posted (Maximum) Speed Limit: I. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, either the State Commissioner of Public Safety or the Commissioner of Transportation may lower the maximum

speed limit on any highway.(2) §40-6-182


II. Based on engineering and traffic investigations, local governments, within their jurisdictions, may lower the maximum speed limit on any highway. However, such limit shall neither be less than 30 MPH outside an urban or residential district nor less than 25 MPH within such districts. §40-6-183(a)


III. The State or a local government, within its jurisdiction, may establish a maximum speed limit in a construction zone. §40-6-188


Minimum Speed Limit: I. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic. §40-6-184(a)(1)


II. Except when turning left, a person shall not dive in the left lane of a highway, with at least 4 lanes, at less than the maximum speed limit.(3) §40-6-184(a)(2)


Posted (Minimum) Speed Limit: Based on engineering and traffic investigations, the State or a local government, within its jurisdiction, may establish a minimum speed limit on any highway. §40-6-184(b)


Basis for a Speed Law Violation:


Other: A school bus shall not be operated at a speed >40 MPH or >55 MPH on interstate/defense highway system while transporting children to and from school activities.(4) §40-6-160


Adjudication of Speed Law Violations:


Civil/Criminal Adjudication of Violation: Except as Noted, All Speed Law Violations are Misdemeanors. §40-6-1


Other: Speeding in a Construction Zone is a Misdemeanor of a High and Aggravated Nature. §40-6-188(c)


Sanctions Following an Adjudication of a Speed Law Violation:


Criminal Sanctions:
Imprisonment:

Term (Day, Month, Years,


Etc.): Speed Law Violations-Not more than 12 months §17-10-3(a)(1) Speeding in a Construction Zone-Not more than 12 months §40-6-188(c)


Mandatory Minimum Term: None Fine:

Amount ($ Range): Speed Law Violations-Not more than $1,000 §17-10-3(a)(1)


Speeding in a Construction Zone-$100 to $2,000 §40-6-188(c)


Mandatory Min. Fine ($): None


Other Penalties:


Traffic School: A driver may be required to attend a driver improvement course.(5) §40-5-57(c)(1)(C)


Other:


Licensing Action:


Type of Licensing Action


(Susp/Rev): Suspension via the Point System(6) §40-5-57


Sanctions Following an Adjudication of a Speed Law Violation:

Term of License Withdrawal


(Days, Months, Years, etc.): 1 to 5 years depending on the number of points that have been accumulated. §40-5-57(d)


Mandatory Minimum Term of


Withdrawal: 2 years upon reaching the requisite point assessment for the third time within 5 years(7) §40-5-57(d)(3)


Miscellaneous Sanctions


Not Included Elsewhere:

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

This is not helpful, I researched and found this information myself at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/enforce/stspdlaw/gaspeed.htm . I'll just go to court and take my chances with the judge. You told gave me information I already had and I am good at math so I know my calculation was correct. Not helpful, I just wasted my 38.00.

Expert:  Ray replied 7 years ago.
You haven't been charged.What follow up do you have here.Why would you not take defensive driving online.You should call the number on back of ticket and ask to take driving.Appearing in front of the judge just gets you found guilty and fined.You can take driving online.You would be crazy to just appear here and plead guilty.That will seriously raise your rates and give you points.

If you appear here and ask for trial you have to pay ticket as bond and they just give you a trial date.A guilty plea just gets you fined.