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Jason Holliston
Wednesday, June 09, 2004  
We Need More Speeding Tickets!

When I heard this on Good Day Oregon this morning on the television, I couldn't believe how silly this was. So, when lunch time came today, I looked it up. Sure enough, it's true.

Seems as though the Oregon state legistature isn't happy with the revenues they're receiving from speeding tickets, and feel like they need to bump this up a notch. The old law concerning school zones stated that the limit was 20 MPH if lights are flashing, or if children are present. Pretty simple policy, and it makes sense. Honestly, anyone that drives really fast through a school zone deserves to be horse whipped.

Now, however, the 20 MPH limit is imposed in most areas all of the time. So, you're driving back from a concert on a Sunday morning at 2:00 AM, with nary a child in sight, and you're cruising along at 26 MPH. Enter a police cruiser, a nasty ticket (it's higher in school zones, and I don't see any mention of that changing in this bill), and likely higher insurance rates for the next three years.

Sure, makes sense to me.

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