Ferrari clocks record-breaking 178 mph on GA 400 highlighting dangerous speeding trend

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office says ‘super speeders’ are becoming a major problem especially on Georgia 400 as drivers turn highways and other roads into their own personal racetrack. 

"We've seen a tremendous amount of just extremely excessive speeds in the hundreds, triple digits," said Lt. Scotty Spriggs.

Lt. Spriggs is a 27-year veteran of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. He says speeding in his county, specifically Georgia 400 has gotten out of hand. 

"Three officers in probably 10 to 15 minutes, we all would at least have one person that is exceeding probably 90 miles an hour," he said.

Recently, a deputy clocked a Ferrari going 178 mph on GA 400, more than two and a half times the limit. The deputy did not catch the driver, but it is the fastest speed they have ever recorded on a radar gun here. 

"I can't even remotely imagine what would happen if they hit a deer or if they would hit another vehicle at that speed," Spriggs said.

Georgia has a super speeder law that kicks in when a driver goes over 75 miles per hour on a two-lane road or over 85 miles per hour on highways. Going over those speeds prompts an extra $200 fine. 

"When you're doing 95 and 100 there's no way you can't know that," Lt. Spriggs said.

Forsyth County is taking the speeding problem seriously because it’s a major safety issue for everyone on the road. Spriggs says be warned if you speed in his county.

"We are very aggressive, we do have the support of the sheriff, and we have the support of the community as far as that goes as well, because they're fed up with it," he said.

Spriggs says this is not just happening here, but all over the state. 

The agency is asking people to not only slow down, but also pay more attention when behind the wheel.