Speeding Costs Georgians ... In Many Ways

We talk often in this space about collaboration and the many partnerships that exist between The Clean Air Campaign and the state of Georgia. Our efforts to promote less traffic and cleaner air are done in concert with agencies like the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.

And at times, the circle of collaboration gets wider, bringing more groups together in order to help serve the public. This was the case earlier this year, when the state legislature passed HB160, known as the “SuperSpeeder Law.” The law is designed to get tough on high-risk drivers who endanger other motorists and ignore warnings to slow down. Fees collected under the “SuperSpeeder Law,” which goes into effect January 1, 2010, will help fund Georgia’s trauma care hospital system where, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, some sixty-percent of all trauma care admissions are crash-related. Read more about the Super Speeder Law and the threshold for speeding fines here.

Of course, the lead message from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety that goes with the “SuperSpeeder Law” is the financial “triple whammy” of a citation, an additional fee and the threat of losing driving privileges for the lead-footed.

But there is also an environmental case we should think about, and a productivity case for slowing down. It is well documented that driving a car at speeds above 70 and 80mph and aggressively accelerating wastes fuel and burns fuel more rapidly, creating higher concentrations of air pollution. It is also clear that traffic accidents stemming from aggressive driving and speeding can wreak havoc on the commute to and from work, especially when these accidents occur during rush hour. Commuters can’t afford to speed … and the state can’t afford to deal with more smog and gridlock, let alone accident victims.

So, take note of the “SuperSpeeder Law” that goes into effect January 1. If your safety and the safety of others on the road isn’t enough motivation to ease off the gas pedal, consider the financial and environmental consequences of driving too fast.


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