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Traveling Speed

Super Speeder

Any driver convicted of speeding 75 mph on any two-lane road, or 85 mph and over anywhere in Georgia, will be assessed a $200 state fee. The state fee will be in addition to any local fines imposed in the jurisdiction where the speeding offense occurs. Failure to pay the state fee on time will result in a license suspension and additional $50 reinstatement fee.

Speed Limits

Maximum traveling speeds are determined based on the following general rules in Georgia unless otherwise posted:

  • 30 miles per hour in any urban or residential district;
  • 35 miles per hour on an unpaved county road;
  • 70 miles per hour on a rural interstate;
  • 65 miles per hour on an urban interstate or on a multi-lane divided highway;
  • 55 miles per hour in all other areas.

These are only general rules. Local jurisdictions, the Georgia Department of Transportation, or the Georgia Department of Public Safety may deem it necessary to adjust speed limits based on local conditions, whether temporary or permanent.

Always watch for speed limit signs while driving. Some areas, such as school zones or construction zones, may be posted for lower maximum speed limits at certain times of the day or for a short period of time. It is important to pay close attention to road signs while driving to ensure that when you approach a speed zone, whether temporary or permanent, you will have sufficient time to adjust your speed accordingly.

Driving Too Slowly

When there are two or more lanes for traffic moving in the same direction, slower vehicles should use the right lane except when passing or making a left turn. Driving too slowly on certain highways can be dangerous because it impedes the regular flow of traffic. On certain highways, minimum speed limits are posted. If you are unable to drive at the minimum speed, you should seek an alternate route.

Pursuant to House Bill 459, slower drivers must move out of the passing lane (most left-hand lane) and over to the right to allow faster-moving traffic to proceed. The only exceptions are:

  • When traffic conditions make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;
  • When inclement weather, obstructions, or hazards make it necessary to drive in the passing lane;
  • When compliance with a law of this state or with an official traffic control device makes it necessary to drive in the passing lane;
  • When your vehicle must be driven in the passing lane to exit or turn left;
  • When it is necessary to pay a toll or use a pass on toll highways;
  • Authorized emergency vehicles engaged in official duties; or
  • Vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

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