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E-mail about Georgia State Patrol speeding ticket frenzy a hoax

Gotten an e-mail recently about how Georgia State Troopers will be out in force this month, pulling over speeders every 10 minutes and raising $9 million for the state?

Don’t believe it. It’s been passed around since 2005 in states including Georgia, Texas and Washington, said Gordy Wright, GSP spokesman.

“The e-mail that’s going around now — it’s got so many inaccuracies,” he said.

For one, the e-mail claims that $1 million of the money raised will go to pay troopers’ overtime. The rest will go to help the budget.

Wright said that money gained from tickets goes to the county where the ticket was issued. No money goes to the state.

A portion of the e-mail currently making the rounds appears below:

Starting Aug 1, Georgia will launch a 30 day speeding ticket frenzy. The state estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 1 million will go to pay state troopers’ overtime. The rest to help with dwindling budgets. There will be 50 state troopers on duty at all times patrolling the 7 main intersections and highways. They are the following:

I-20 east and west

I-75 north and south

I-85 north and south

I-675 north and south

GA-985 north and south

GA-316 east and west

GA-400 north and south

5 mph above the limit can justify a ticket and every state trooper is supposed to pull a car over and write a ticket every 10 to 20 minutes. They have issued 30 brand new unmarked Dodge Charger Police cruisers and are bringing in all of their part timers on full time. If you work in the Atlanta area, you will probably take one of these highways. It’s up to you how fast you are going when they clock you.

WSB and WXIA & CBS confirmed all of this. So be safe and don’t forget speeding tickets are on you.

Look for city and county governments to adopt similar polices in the near future.

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