Florida traffic fines increase to close budget gap

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Drivers in Florida are being warned to slow
down or pay up - speeding fines have been increased as the state
tries to close a budget gap.

Driving 10 to 14 miles-per-hour over the speed limit now costs a
minimum of $191; up to 19 miles-per-hour over the limit is a
minimum of $241; and up to 29 miles-per-hour over the limit is a
minimum of $266. Blow through a school zone, and expect to shell
out $366.

Other traffic fines have gone up $10. The new fines took effect
Sunday. Counties also can add discretionary fees.

Gov. Charlie Crist last week signed into law $2.5 billion in
spending cuts, trust fund raids, money shifts and traffic fine
increases. The current budget, which runs through June 30, is now
down to about $65 billion.


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