US Highway 84

Whigham, GeorgiaJan 16, 20042 Comments

U.S. Highway 84 runs through the town of Whigham, Grady County, GA. There is a school zone which is only about 1 block. Prior to the school zone the speed limit is posted at 45 mph. However, it’s easy to miss the school zone because the school sits back from the highway and is surrounded by a high fence. I went through the town, traveling west and didn’t realize the school zone limit was in effect. Was clocked at 42 mph but thought I was fine. The shock came the next day when I called to find out the amount of the fine and was told it would be $300.00. I live in a neighboring county (Decatur)and checked with our local authorities to compare the fines accessed for the same offense and found that Decautur County’s fines are much lower and more reasonable (in my opinion). Because I live close by I have the option of contesting the fine. However, for those who are traveling from further away this could pose a serious problem. Be very careful traveling through this little town.

After reading the above post I thought additional comments would be in order. # 1- Speeding in a school zone is not a trivial matter # 2- Bond amounts and fines are set by the judge # 3- All speed limits on US 84 including those in the school zone are set by the State of Georgia # 4- If you do not violate the speed limit you will not get a ticket.
#1Nov 29, 2010Report Abuse
The original post is quite old. 2004. However, the stretch of road mentioned is still active. As for the earlier comment. I think we all know that not speeding is the best bet. However, speed limits go up and down and we are also given visual clues by things such as rural areas, or seeing a school etc. What makes this a challenge is that the visual clues to a casual driver does not suggest you drive that slow. The comments about cost and who set the limits is not really material. The point being that the fine is high in Grady County. Does not matter who set it.
#2Oct 23, 2012Report Abuse

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