DENVER - The Colorado State Patrol proposes increasing fines for more than 100 different traffic violations in Colorado.
The idea is that if it costs more to get caught and pay for a ticket, then it will be a good incentive to make drivers slow down or put on the seat belts.
The Chief of the Colorado State Patrol, Col. Mark Trostel, believes that higher fines will help dramatically decrease highway deaths by the year 2025, so his agency is asking lawmakers to approve the proposed increases.
Most fines would double, but some would quadruple.
According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News, speeding would jump from $35 and up to $100 and up. A ticket for driving while intoxicated will cost you at least $600 and not wearing a seatbelt would carry a fine of $65.
The majority of people killed on state highways were not wearing seatbelts. The State Patrol says pulling over drivers for failing to put on their seat belts could save about 35 lives each year.
Right now, troopers can only ticket drivers for a seat belt violation if they have been pulled over for a different reason.