6-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Jacksonville.
Starting Monday, signs will mark the "Enhanced Penalty Speed Zone" on Interstate-95 from just south of Butler Boulevard to north of Emerson Street.
Motorists who speed will face the usual fines until May 1, when troopers will begin tacking on another $50, Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Leeper said.
The stiffer fine is a new wrinkle in Florida's battle to control speeding on dangerous roads. Highways in Duval, Brevard and Broward counties will be the first to get the zones, targeting areas that have experienced an above-average number of crashes related to speeding, Leeper said.
Speeding tickets in Duval County range from $83.50 to $208.50, depending how fast a driver is going. For instance, a driver going 6 to 9 mph over the speed limit gets an $83.50 ticket. That same ticket in the I-95 penalty zone would be $133.50.
Florida law states that drivers who speed will just get a warning if they are going no more than 5 mph over the posted limit, Leeper said. But in the I-95 zone, there will be no cushion. Drivers would get a $50 fine if they are 1 to 5 mph over the limit. The speed limit in the designated zone is 65 mph.
The Florida Legislature authorized the zones as a pilot project that will run through July 2010. The state will keep statistics on whether the higher fines make the highway safer.
Proceeds from the additional fine will underwrite nursing homes for Medicaid patients suffering brain and spinal-cord injuries, and also support certified trauma centers in counties where the penalty zones are created.