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Detroit judges giving speeding violators a choice of charges and penalties

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State Senator Rick Jones
State Senator Rick Jones

LANSING (WKZO) -- Detroit Judges are reportedly giving speeders a choice when it comes to paying fines and the Chair of the Senate Judiciary committee isn’t sure its allowed.

The Detroit News reports that Motor City traffic courts are giving speeding violators the choice of either paying a heftier fine and pleading guilty to impeding traffic, or pleading to the speeding charge, paying a smaller fine, but having points slapped on their driving record.

When the first option is picked, the ticket, usually written by a State Trooper is set aside, and the extra money from the fine stays in the city.

Points can increase the driver’s auto insurance rates which are already astronomically high in Detroit.

West Michigan State Senator Rick Jones, who represents parts of Allegan, Barry and Eaton Counties, told the MIRS news agency that the practice "absolutely looks like a money grab" by the Detroit courts.

Jones says it doesn’t look right, and just because motorists like the option, that doesn’t make it right.

Jones says legislation may be required.

 

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