While some drivers ride the brake pedal more than the gas on Ga. 400, someone was able to get up to 106 mph the other day. It’d be unbelievable if a Roswell police officer hadn’t been there with a radar gun to record it and inform the driver of their great feat.
City police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said that when she was growing up in the area, Ga. 400 used to be the road you and your friends could fly down, earning the moniker of “the Alpharetta Autobahn.” Now, she said people usually only find room to zoom on Ga. 400 during weekend mornings and after 9 p.m. on weekdays.
Holland said Roswell police caught not only the driver going 106 mph near Holcomb Bridge Road just before sunrise Friday, but also an unlicensed motorcyclist zipping along at 104 mph before 8:30 on Saturday morning. Holland posted the radar readings on the department’s Facebook page, where many commenters recounted their rarely pleasant driving experiences on Ga. 400 and how they dislike speeders.
Those two motorists would certainly qualify as super speeders, defined by a new law passed in 2009 as anyone convicted of driving 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or at least 85 mph on a highway. Those convicted will pay an additional $200 fee on top of their speeding ticket, and failure to pay could mean a suspended license.
Elected officials have promised millions of dollars to reduce the number of white knuckles on Ga. 400, but until slow-going traffic projects bear asphalt fruit, drivers will be forced to live with either standstill traffic or feeling like they’re broken-down during the Daytona 500 with cars whizzing past.
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Aside from being drivers themselves, local police also have to deal with the Ga. 400, which stretches from Buckhead to Dahlonega and for two decades demanded a 50-cent toll.
On one day in 2017, Alpharetta police reported arresting two separate Super Speeders on Ga. 400 with one going 118 mph and another 114 mph.
In the span of two weeks last year, Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies caught one driver going 111 mph, one going 103 mph and another at 100 mph.
Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman has said he’s not big on writing tickets, “but your own Mom would have told us to give you a ticket at these speeds.”
“Deputies are seeing speeds on Ga. 400 that would make NASCAR blush,” the sheriff said.
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