Summary as introduced:
Special funds for highway systems in certain counties, cites, and towns; assessment of driver demerit points by the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles; imposition and collection of civil penalties for certain offenses relating to operation of motor vehicles; and disposition and use of funds collected. Expands the present revenue sharing fund program for counties to include cities and towns as well; raises the annual match limit per locality and the total limit on state funds available for the program. Up to half of local contributions may take the form of proffers. Since the program now applies to all localities (not just counties), the present section embodying the program is repealed, and the new program is relocated to the article of Chapter 1 of Title 33.1 dealing with overall allocations of highway improvement funds.
The bill also requires the courts to impose, in addition to any other penalties imposed, civil penalties on drivers convicted of certain offenses: $100 for speeding at least 15 but not more than 19 miles per hour above the posted speed, $250 for driving while his driver's license was suspended or revoked, $300 for reckless driving or aggressive driving, and $500 for driving while intoxicated. These fees, minus cost of collection, will be used first to fund competitive matching to localities for highway improvement projects aimed at improving air quality and highway congestion in localities experiencing high population growth and second to support issuance of bonds whose proceeds are to be used for transportation construction, reconstruction, maintenance, maintenance replacement, and/or improvement projects.
Finally, the bill also revises the schedule of driver demerit points to be awarded for speeding so that speeding 1-9 mph carries three points, 10-14 mph carries four points, 15-19 mph carries five points, and 20 mph or more carries six points.Full text:
01/12/05 House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 053496204 pdf
01/12/05 House: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 053496204
01/12/05 House: Referred to Committee on Transportation
02/01/05 House: Tabled in Transportation (21-Y 0-N)