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Traffic Offense Fines To Increase Significantly


June 29, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Bill Tandeske announced Friday that the Alaska Supreme Court has approved a new bail schedule for vehicle and traffic offenses. The new bail schedule, which raises the potential fines for numerous traffic and vehicle violations, goes into effect on July 1, 2004.

"We believe the new schedule is a valuable tool for law enforcement across the state," said Tandeske. "Many of these fines have not been raised in years. These modified bail amounts will bring our fines more in line with other jurisdictions, and, we hope they will encourage safe driving conduct on our roadways."

Highlights of the new bail schedule include substantial increases in speeding penalties. For violations of up to 19 miles per hour over the speed limit, the fine has been raised from $4 per mile per hour to $8 per mile per hour. For example, someone cited for driving 50 mph in a posted 35 mph zone would face a fine of $120 instead of $60. If the violation occurs in a marked construction zone, the fine would be doubled to $240. For violations of 20 miles per hour over the speed limit and greater the fine will be raised to $12 per mile per hour. There is currently a cap on fines at $300 ($600 in a construction zone).

Fines for passing violations will also increase. The bail amount for Improper Overtaking on the Left goes from $30 to $150. The bail amount for Failure to Yield to an Overtaking Vehicle goes from $50 to $150. Failure to Stop at a Stoplight also goes from $50 to $150.

The bail amount for Driving With an Open Container of Alcohol will quadruple from $50 to $200.

"We've tried to stiffen the fines for the infractions that create the greatest risk to the motoring public," said Tandeske. "The desire of law enforcement is always voluntary compliance with traffic regulations. Where education and voluntary compliance are not effective, monetary considerations can be effective. These increases are not motivated by desire for revenue; rather, by our sincere desire to make the roads of Alaska a safer place for everyone."

Bail amounts will increase on more than 230 vehicle and traffic offenses. Demerit points were not changed as they are administered separately from the bail schedule.


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