From yesterday drivers in Virginia who break traffic laws will be subject to huge traffic fines, which will help pay for the upkeep of the states roads.
New fines have been approved which will charge lawless motorists to avoid raising traditional fees and taxes that apply to all motorists. The new civil charges will range from $750 to $3,000 and will be added to existing fines and court costs. Fleeing the site of a fatal collision will attract the maximum penalty and it is hoped that these new charges will encourage more coureous and thoughtful driving. The move is predicted to reduce nearly 1,000 traffic deaths per year and we will watch this development with interest.
(Source: USA Today, June 29th 2007)