Speeding Tickets won't be on Point System
Speeding tickets won't tack on to the traffic violations point system. Monday, the state House of Representatives killed a bill adding speeding violations to the system. House Bill 1170 gives a point if a ticket is issued above or below five miles per hour. The bill also stipulated twelve points per year before losing the drivers license. Proponents say the measure aims directly at habitual speeders. They say it makes drivers more aware of their lead foot. However, Representative Shawn Tornow (Torn-oh) says the state's strict fines already make drivers more conscious of their speeds.
"And to say that someone who gets caught speeding and is going to pay the penalty, I believe that's appropriate. But, now we're going to have them penalized even further if they're this arbitrary six miles or seven miles over, I don't think this is the kind of government regulation we're here to support. And I would urge your no vote on this. Thank you," Representative Tornow says.
Other opponents add that the court system can curve speeding habits. Representative Lance Russell says judges can punish based on a driver's history. The measure failed 39 to 30.
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By Travis Berg