I-75 in Tifton Georgia
My husband and I were on our way to Atlanta from Florida. He had the cruise control set to 82 and the speed limit was 70 so yes we were speeding…BUT…there’s a few factors here that I don’t think are right. Number one, we didn’t see the swarm of cop cars anywhere. I read in other people’s instances that the reason no one ever sees them is because they hide on the overpass, one cop is running radar and when they catch someone they signal to another cop to go pull them over and write the ticket. We were the slowest of the cars as everyone was speeding around us but I guess we were slow enough to catch. Number two, the cop said we were going 85 in a 70 which was not accurate. After investigating this once we got home I realized that if you are going 85 and over in Georgia you are considered a “super speeder” and you get an EXTRA $200 fine on top of your already huge ticket ($350 plus $25 processing fee to be exact). So $575 for all of this. It’s funny that in order to get that extra fee we would have had to be going 85…not 82. So many other people have said the same EXACT thing about their tickets…that they weren’t going 85 but the cop told them they were “clocked at 85”. And I also read in many posts that they target out of state drivers because they know they can’t come back to court to fight the ticket. In retrospect we should have asked to see the radar gun or questioned him but we didn’t know any of this. We figured it would just be a normal speeding ticket. Mind you, he never asked for our vehicle registration or anything. Just my husband’s license and within 3 minutes had the ticket printed up and we were on our way. I’m so livid because I feel like there is no repercussion to their injustice. We can’t take the time off from work to go drive all the way back and fight the ticket nor do we have the money because it seems like it would cost just as much if not more than the ticket to fight. It’s crazy how many people all have almost identical stories to ours and a lot have even worse stories.