Florida legislators see budget help in traffic fines
Caught running a red light? You'll pay $208.
Speeding 25 mph over the limit? Get ready to cough up $258.
And if you pay a fine late? Tack on $16.
Florida legislators have vowed in their special budget-cutting session not to impose new taxes on working people. But they are relying more than ever on lawbreaking motorists to make ends meet.
Desperate for cash, lawmakers will impose a new charge of $10 on all traffic infractions ranging from driving with an expired tag to running a stop sign. The state also is eliminating an 18 percent discount available to scofflaws who go to traffic school and taking away the right of judges to waive fines, regardless of whether the judge makes a finding of guilt. Little by little, it adds up to a lot. (story here)