Brunswick hikes fines for speeding, other offenses
Posted by [replacer_a] September 29, 2008 08:14AM
Categories: Melissa Martin
Get caught traveling at more than 20 mph in a school zone and it's going to cost you.
But starting this year, speeding in a school zone is going to cost a little more.
City council has approved new waiver schedules for speeding in school zones at the request of Mayor Dale Strasser.
Strasser, who oversees the city's mayor's court, said the change is a matter of parity.
"It's not because we're seeing an increase in the number of people the police are citing, but it's an attempt to keep our fees in line with the communities around us," Strasser said.
According to the new fee schedule, if police catch a motorist traveling from one to 10 mph over the speed limit and issue a ticket, the fine will be $195.
For every additional mph over the speed limit, the fine increases by $5. That means, someone caught traveling 11 mph over will be charged $200, while someone traveling 25 mph over the speed limit will be handed a ticket for $270.
"This fee structure is very similar to what the communities around us are charging," Strasser said.
Regular speeding citations have also been adjusted, he said. Driving one to 10 mph over the speed limit will cost $130, with an additional $2 charge for every additional mph over the speed limit up to 40 mph over the speed limit.
According to the waiver schedule, drivers who receive more than one speeding ticket in a year will receive a $195 ticket.
The city has also adjusted its waiver schedule for other citations, including several traffic offenses. According to the new list, a ticket for not wearing their seatbelt will cost drivers $70, while red light violations, including failing to heed "no turn on red" signs will now cost motorists $135.
Additional $135 traffic citations include driving with expired plates, improper lane usage, stop sign violations, improper lane usage, peeling or squealing tires, expired driver's license violations and driving without a motorcycle endorsement or safety equipment. Failing to yield to an emergency vehicle will cost $185.
Non-traffic related offenses that have been adjusted include citations from the dog warden, which will cost $125; curfew and hitchhiking violations, $135; littering, $145; and driving without child restraints, $175.
Open container incidents, weaving, reckless operation, consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, false alarms, noise violations and public intoxication violations will cost $185.