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Tougher Fines Force Florida Drivers to Slow Down

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

If you are caught driving more than 30 miles over the speed limit in Florida, you have to go to court in order to get your fine. But now if you are speeding 50 miles over the limit you will be burdened with a hefty violation.

"Florida welcomes you" but whether you are a visitor or a resident, you must obey the speed limit.

A new traffic law says 50 miles over the speed limit will cost you one thousand dollars.

A second offense will cost 25-hundred dollars and a year without a license.

But that is not the worst punishment.

"Third time is really going to rack them up. That’s a full 5,000 penalty and a 10 year suspension of their license." says Lieutenant Jerry Maddux of the Florida Highway Patrol.

It may seem far-fetched to think some drivers are going that much over the speed limit but traffic officials are catching motorists maxing out their speedometers.

"We will get a car or 2 occasionally in the 120 range or better, usually its these motorcycles." says Lieutenant Maddux

And aside from the new speeding fines, "The Sunshine State" has news for those riding a motorcycle.

According to Lieutenant Maddux "They have to keep both wheels of the motorcycle on the ground. No more popping wheelies. We've all seen it going down the road with the wheelies up and then they can ride. Some of these guys are good no doubt, but its the wrong venue for that type of showmanship."

Meanwhile, those who enjoy playing it safe on the road agree with the new penalties.

"It should be strictly enforced plus a stricter fine. Its really very dangerous to be going that fast over the speed limit. The speed limit is already 70 now, so you are talking 120." says James Fields, an Indiana Resident.

And Florida state troopers say they have seen more motorcycles on the road as a result of high gas prices.

This means that they are paying close attention to motorcycle drivers and its for their own safety.

The Florida highway patrol will also be making sure moped and motorcycle tags are properly placed.

If a cyclist is caught with their tag improperly placed, than they too can be faced with a thousand dollar fine.


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