A Georgia man was taken aback when he received a speeding ticket for a staggering $1.4 million, following a traffic stop in which he was pulled over for driving at 90 mph (145 kph) in a 55 mph (89 kph) zone in September. However, city officials in Savannah have clarified that this hefty figure was merely a placeholder and not the actual fine.
Connor Cato shared his experience with WSAV-TV in Savannah, expressing his bewilderment upon receiving the citation. He initially believed it to be a typographical error and promptly contacted the court. To his surprise, he was informed that he had to either pay the amount or appear in court in December.
Savannah’s municipal regulations dictate that individuals caught driving at speeds exceeding 35 mph (56 kph) above the posted speed limit are required to appear in court. During the court proceedings, a judge will determine the actual fine to be imposed.
The astonishing $1.4 million figure that Cato received was, in fact, a “placeholder” generated automatically by the e-citation software utilized by the local Recorder’s Court. According to Joshua Peacock, a spokesperson for Savannah’s city government, the legitimate fine cannot exceed $1,000, and it may also include state-mandated costs.
Peacock clarified, “We do not issue that placeholder as a threat to scare anybody into court, even if this person heard differently from somebody in our organization.” He also stated that the court is actively working to adjust the placeholder language to prevent any further confusion.