The Senate joined the House in passing House Bill 120 unanimously. So now you can’t speed down Route 1 at 90 mph or more to get to the beach on time. Not that it was legal to do so before, but now if you get caught, the violation will be categorized as a Reckless Driving offense.
The original bill’s sentence for this violation is $100 to $300 in fines or imprisonment for not less than 10 nor more than 30 days, or both. For each subsequent like offense occurring within 3 years of a former offense, the person shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 or be imprisoned not less than 30 nor more than 60 days, or both.
The Senate of course amended the bill, replacing the above sentence scheme with the following:
“(d) Whoever violates subsection (b) of this section shall, unless suspended by the court:
(1) For a first offense, be fined not less than $150 nor more than $300, or be required to complete a traffic safety course approved by the Division of Motor Vehicles, or both.
(2) For a second offense committed within 3 years of a prior offense, be fined not less than $300 nor more than $800, or be required to perform at least 10 but not more than 30 hours of community service picking up litter along a public roadway, or both.
(3) For a third offense committed within 3 years of 2 prior offenses, be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1000, or be required to perform at least 30 but not more than 90 hours of community service picking up litter along a public roadway, or both.
So the bill goes back to the House.
|House Bill 120 – Reckless Driving:||Currrent Status – House Passed 40-0-1. Senate Passed 20-0-1. Sent to the House.|
|House Sponsors – Cooke, Griffith, Johnson, Osienski, Parker Selby, Williams // Briggs King, Dukes, Short||Senate Sponsors – Hoffner, Hansen, Lockman, Sokola, Walsh // Buckson, Lawson, Richardson, Wilson|
|House Yes Votes – Baumbach Bolden Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Harris Johnson Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Moore Morrison Neal Osienski Parker-Selby Phillips Romer Schwartzkopf Williams Wilson-Anton // Briggs King Collins Dukes Gray Hensley Hilovsky Morris Postles Ramone Short Shupe Smith Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick||Senate Yes Votes – Gay Hansen Hoffner Huxtable Lockman Mantzavinos McBride Paradee Pinkney Poore Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh // Buckson Hocker Lawson Pettyjohn Richardon Wilson|
|House No Votes – None||Senate No Votes – None|
|House Absents or Not Voting – Heffernan||Senate Absent or Not Voting – Brown|