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  • Politics and Policy at the Pub Thanks to Florida State 1, October19, 2016
    Some people go to bars and restaurants to get away from the noise surrounding politics – especially during this unique political season.  But as Matt Galka tells us, Florida state University is serving up heady policy discussion at a local pub. A couple of beers, a little bit of food…and some voting issues. That’s what […]
    Matt Galka
  • Just 12 Consumers have given to Consumers for Smart Solar 1, October19, 2016
      Florida’s investor owned utilities have pumped more than 15 million into Amendment one on November’s ballot. They say it protects consumers who have solar and those who don’t, but many believe it will only promote solar developed by the very companies companies pushing the amendment. The ads are slick. “Just think one for the […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Florida in the Middle of New Report Ranking State’s Gun Laws and Gun Violence 1, October18, 2016
    Florida is right in the middle when it comes to a new report correlating state’s gun laws and gun violence. But as Matt Galka tells us, some democrats in the state say we are going in the wrong direction. Stricter gun laws equals less gun violence. That’s the takeaway from the Center for American Progress […]
    Matt Galka
  • Judge Rules in Favor of Dems, Orders Mismatching Signature Fix 1, October17, 2016
    Voters who mail in their ballots now have some peace of mind if they scribble their names too sloppy. As Matt Galka tells us, a federal judge made sure that people will have the chance to fix a signature mistake – and make sure their vote counts. “The state of Florida has consistently chipped away […]
    Matt Galka
  • Supreme Court throws out new death sentencing scheme, inmates in limbo 1, October14, 2016
    The Supreme Court of Florida today said that a unanimous jury was required for the state to impose death, throwing out a newly enacted law that allowed ten jurors to impose the ultimate penalty, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the court left unanswered what happens to the nearly 400 people already on death row. […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Feds Suspect Florida Hack 1, October13, 2016
    Is Florida voting information in the hands of Russian hackers? As Matt Galka tells us, the feds think it might be, but a state agency says all is well. Cyber security and hacking have become prominent in the election cycle.  Federal investigators believe Russian hackers are behind the attacks. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is […]
    Matt Galka
  • Trump Remarks: Unsafe on any Campus 1, October12, 2016
    The book Unsafe on any Campus was released in July and details administrators inability to adequately deal with sexual assaults on campus, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, the author now says their problem could be more difficult because of lewd remarks by Donald Trump. When the Washington Post released the video of Donald Trump […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Coalition calls for more Robust Zika Response, Input 1, October12, 2016
    A coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood and Equality Florida delivered a letter to Governor Rick Scott today, asking the state to open a two way communication on Zika and birth control issues. Kimberly Diaz of Planned Parenthood says legislation signed into law and later declared unconstitutional would have taken away access to birth control […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Fire Safety Week 1, October12, 2016
      This is Fire Prevention Week and people visiting the state capitol are being asked “when was the last time you used a fire extinguisher? The question was posed to reporter Mike Vasilinda, who like most of us, said quite awhile. He then got a demonstration for the office of the Fire Marshall’s Renee McCord. […]
    Mike Vasilinda
  • Voter Registration Deadline Extended 1, October12, 2016
    Floridians who didn’t register to vote…guess what? You have more time. As Matt Galka tells us, the deadline was extended in a short hearing Wednesday morning, and voters who end up registering can thank a hurricane for the extra time. It took about 40 minutes for Floridians to get an extra six days to register […]
    Matt Galka

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Speeders Could Face Jail Time, Loss of License

June 9th, 2008 by Anna Laura Rehwinkel

Drivers who go 50 miles an hour over the speed limit could soon end up behind bars, if the governor signs legislation on his desk. As Whitney Ray tells us, people who earn their living on the road like the idea.

Hear it Here: Speeders Could Face Jail Time, License Taken Away

Robert Lamb has dozens of lives in his hands. Lamb drives a bus. He hates speeders.

They can kill somebody, besides killing themselves, said Lamb.

Lawmakers passed a bill increasing penalties for excessive speeders, people who exceed the limit by 50 miles an hour.

If youre caught driving 50 MPH over the speed limit one time you could face a thousand dollar fine. Caught twice and you could have to pay 2,500 bucks and loss your license of an entire year. Caught three times and you could be off the road and behind bars.

The third offense is a felony. You can be fined, face 5 years in prison or have your license taken away for 10 years. Sheriffs Deputy Steve Barrow said people doing 50 over the limit on the interstate face a bigger problem than prison time.

You can expect to see a massive crash, somebody going that speed, said Barrow.

The speeder isnt the only one whose life is on the line.

Its scary when someone drives around you 50 miles over the speed limit, said Suzan Piehler.

The bill also penalizes bikers who pop wheelies. If the governor signs the bill it would go into effect on October first.

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