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Bill Would Double Fines For Vehicles Speeding In Breakdown Lane

DOUBLE SPEEDING FINES (H 3068) - The State House gave initial approval to legislation that would double fines for motor vehicles speeding in the far right “breakdown” where travel is permitted during peak commuting hours.
     Supporters say allowing travel in the breakdown lane is essential on some highways in order to temporarily provide traffic relief during peak hours. However, many motorists use this lane as a high-speed passing lane, risking their own safety and the safety of people in disabled motor vehicles and emergency personnel.
     “Numerous accidents and fatalities have occurred due to excessive speed in the breakdown lanes,” said sponsor Rep. Dave Linsky (D-Natick). “This bill mirrors the already successful [mandate] of double fines for speeding in construction zones. If enacted, this legislation would not only further protect those who dedicate their lives to our safety but would protect motorist safety as well."
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