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For Slight Speeders, State Considers 'Pointless' $150 Warning Tickets

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Verify the speed limit, add a few miles per hour, and set the cruise control. It's a routine that many long-distance drivers are conditioned to, and in most states you're ignored if you're close to the speed limit.

But in South Carolina you could soon be seen as a moving bankroll by cash-strapped local governments.

A new bill proposed in the SC House would enable police to write $150 tickets for those going less than 10 mph over the speed limit—and these special tickets wouldn't be reported to insurance companies, or carry dreaded driving-record points.

'Low-level' speeding tickets: No points but high fine?

Modest speeders would rather pay a higher fine than get the violation on their record, the logic goes. Currently, these so-called low-level speeders are fined lower amounts of $15 to $25 and reported to the DMV—which, in turn, can drive insurance rates up and potentially jeopardize jobs.

The revenues from the tickets would be split between the state and the local municipalities that issue the tickets. So you can bet the local fuzz will be out in full force writing them.

If these violations aren't logged by the state, some are worried that such policies might bring back the days of corrupt local law enforcement officials who would merely pocket the fine amounts. The new bill would also require the reversal of a state law requiring that all tickets be reported to the state, allowing the opportunity for other local-courthouse-loopholes.

Local police in some of the state's counties can already write point-free tickets for careless driving, with fines up to $1,000, but those have to be reported to the state.

These tickets would also, arguably, free up the county courts from low-level speeders contesting their tickets and attempting to keep their records clean.

If you were given the chance to dodge points on your record by paying a higher fine, would you? Do you think that lifting the requirements that local law enforcement report violations to the state is a recipe for corruption and abuse? Let us know what you think.

[The State, via FOX News]

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Comments (9)
  1. Will it invite abuse, of course it will. Would I prefer it, of course I would. States should simply sell a coupon book with 10 speeding coupons inside. Get pulled over and hand the officer your coupons.
     
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  2. If they really want revenue, base the ticket amount based on a percentage of income, like switzerland recently did (a banker quickly racked up a $800,000 in his brand-new mercedes amd black). It won't take many movie stars racing around in Ferrari to really help the budget.
     
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  3. @Matt, great idea but with the coupon book you're still dealing with the indignity and delay of being pulled over. Just register a credit card with your license plate and the cop can charge it as you go by. If we're abandoning any pretense that the highway patrol is there for public safety we might as well go all the way.
     
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  4. This is ridiculous. The people should have a say in what they get tickets for. This is just a new way to get more money out of the citizens for stupid reasons. Are they putting anyone's life in danger by going a few mph over the speed limit? NO! In fact most of the roads out there should have higher speed limits than they currently have. Congress did some research back in the 80s or 90s and passed a bill saying most city roads/county roads/highway speed limits should be increased. They had various reasons why it should be increased. The point is though that very few states actually followed the bill. Most states instead ignored it or have made them slower. Freeway speed limits should be voted on by the people in the area. The people should also decide what you get a ticket for, and how much it should be. Enough of this "do whatever you want crap" to get more money out of the citizens. If that money goes to the police departments you know they'll be pulling over everybody and their brother left and right. Just ridiculous.
     
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  5. If this becomes law, I from Maryland will not visit your Beaches, I will go to Virginia Beach instead.
     
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  6. Another case of cash register justice. Is everyone supposed to have an "Officially calibrated" speedometer in their cars ? Most OEM speedometers are approximate, not exact. Just how is a motorist to know if they are driving 70 or 71 ?
     
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  7. I will be watching who votes for this so all my folks will not vote for them again.
     
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  8. rich people win. again.
     
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  9. Cash Strapped???? How about sending all of the illegals back to their countries...that would free up a lot of money...screw you little municipalitys who love to mess with the working man! We have the same crap here in st louis right in front of the airport. the dumb ass cops pulling people over in the center shoulder and on the right side...they have posted it as a double fine area and we have 3 different munys running radar within a 1/2 mile stretch...sometimes St. Ann has about 6 or 8 cars at a time out there...they are accidents waiting to happen.
     
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