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Forsyth sheriff will crack down on Ga. 400 ‘super speeders’

In an epic rant via Facebook, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said his department is going to crack down on “super speeders” on Ga. 400.

“Please folks, slow your behinds down,” he wrote on Sunday afternoon. “... We are increasing our presence on (Ga. 400) and other roadways until drivers regain their sanity and construction eases.”

Ga. 400 runs from Buckhead to Dahlonega and is known for its speedy drivers. Some locals call it the “Alpharetta Autobahn.”


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Freeman said in the Facebook post that in recent weeks his deputies have written several tickets for drivers speeding in ranges from 90 to 111 mph in posted 55 mph zones. He said he’s “lost count” of the number of drivers caught speeding in the mid-to-upper 80’s.

The sheriff posted photos of three citations for drivers who were caught at 111, 100 and 103 mph in 55 mph zones. 

Georgia’s Department of Driver’s Services defines a “super speeder” as a driver “convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road, or at 85 mph and above on any road or highway” in the state. Fines can be up to $200.

“FCSO Deputies are seeing speeds on GA 400 that would make NASCAR blush,” Freeman wrote.

In July, an Alpharetta man was arrested for driving at 112 mph on Ga. 400. When he was pulled over, he told officers he was going that fast “for Snapchat,” according to a police report.

A spokesperson for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety said police “maintain a regular presence” on Ga. 400.

Drivers may not see more Alpharetta patrol vehicles on Ga. 400, but there will be sheriff’s deputies from Forsyth County looking for “super speeders.”

“You have heard me say it before, I'm not big on writing tickets,” Freeman wrote. “But your own Mom would have told us to give you a ticket at these speeds.”


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