Super-speeder bill heads to Oregon governor

| Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Oregon House voted 57-2 last month to approve a bill that would slap speeders going faster than 100 mph with a hefty fine and the loss of their licenses.

Sponsored by Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, the bill now moves to Gov. Ted Kulongoski for his signature. It passed the Senate 27-1 in May.

Current Oregon law makes driving more than 30 mph over a posted speed limit punishable by a fine of between $421 and $720.

SB568 would allow fines of up to $1,000 and possible suspension of driver’s licenses for one to three months, the Statesman Journal reported.

The bill also would allow judges to temporarily suspend the license of anyone speeding by more than 30 mph over the posted speed limit. With most Oregon highways having a 55 mph speed limit, drivers could face the new punishment at speeds starting at 85 mph.

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