One of the
Rhode Island General Assembly's moves to balance the state budget
-- the decision in June to raise fines for numerous traffic offenses
-- is making itself known, the Providence Journal reports.
The new fines
went into effect July 1, raising the basic penalties for traffic
violations by $25, in many cases bringing the penalties up to
ticket went from $50 to $75. In addition, the fines rise faster
for higher speeds: whereas 16 mph over the speed limit used to
trigger a $160 fine, now 11 mph over the limit triggers a $185
fine. Other violations including driving with an expired registration,
seat-belt violations, and running a red light, also went from
$50 to $75. In addition, the fine for hitchhiking went from $15
to $40, and for driving or bicycling while wearing a headset or
earphones went from $35 to $60.