Traffic Fines to Increase?

By: Troy Kinsey
By: Troy Kinsey

Some lawmakers want to take street racing to people’s wallets.

Under their plan, if you're caught racing, driving recklessly, even failing to stop for a school bus... your ticket would be sixty-five dollars more expensive.

And, the proceeds would go to hospital trauma centers.

High Schoolers Andrew Greenwood and Haven Mills agree that's exactly what teens need.
Mills says, "People have begun to think of cars as toys, and they want the fanciest car and the prettiest car and the fastest car, but they're weapons and they kill people on a regular basis."

It's not just teenagers with a need for speed - it's anyone with a little adrenaline, and especially those with a souped-up ride.

But, as harsh as the proposed penalties sound, for many of them, they may not go nearly far enough.

The mere threat of increased fines may be enough to turn today's speed demons...into tomorrow's safe drivers.

The state estimates the proposed traffic fine hike could raise as much as four hundred thousand dollars a year.

All of it would be dedicated to funding hospital trauma centers.

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