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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 you’re 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. Sheriff’s 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 isn’t the only one whose life is on the line.

“It’s 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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