Speeding Fines Increase

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

You may want to drive a little slower this Fourth of July. Kentucky State Police have been out in full force this past weekend and will continue their efforts through the coming weekend.

Fines for speeding have recently increased in Virginia where penalties now range from $750 to more than $1,000.

Kentucky fines for speeding haven't changed, but do you know what you would pay if you got pulled over?

"In Kentucky the fines are still really low - $20, $30, $40," explained Trooper Todd Holder, with the Kentucky State Police.

It's the court cost that gets expensive.

"If you receive a citation for ten miles-an-hour over the speed limit, your going to pay $158 - $138 of it is court cost and $20 is the actual fine itself," Trooper Holder explained.

This driver was pulled over for going almost 20 miles-an-hour over the speed limit, but wouldn't go on camera to talk about it.

"Twenty miles-an-hour over is going to be $178," Trooper Holder said.

We caught a truck going 82 mph - that's 17 mph over the speed limit. The fine for that would be $172.

"I was trying to go along with the traffic," speeder, Rudolph Blue tried explaining.

Blue was on his way to a delivery, just trying to save a few minutes.

"There's no excuse - it doesn't matter - if everyone else is wrong, I was wrong too," Blue said.

Since Blue is from Tennessee where the speed limit is 70, he said sometimes he forgets it's different in Kentucky.

"A lot of times you just go along with what everybody else does - you must do what everybody else do," Blue said.

With the Fourth of July falling in the middle of the week, lengthening the holiday, more people will be on the road and following other speeders will be even easier to do.

"I'm not trying to justify anything, I'm just trying to get caught up," Blue explained.

So the question is, do you think the $172 is worth the few minutes you save speeding?

A new Senate bill passed on June 26, 2007, said The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet can raise the speed limit on limited access highways, interstates and parkways. The state is considering raising the speed limit on I-65 to 70 miles an hour, but that change has not been made.

To take a look at the new increases, click here.

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