2018-01-24 / Front Page

Senate OK’s Stiffer Penalties For School Zone Speeders

Motorists caught speeding through designated school zones two times within an 18-month period might soon be facing stiffer penalties.

Under a measure unanimously approved by the Senate on January 22, motorists caught speeding through school zones twice in one 18-month period would face a 60-day suspension of their driver’s license.

Under current law, drivers caught speeding in a school zone a second time are slapped with a fine, and third time offenders face having their driver’s license revoked.

The measure is similar to the recently enacted “Move Over Law,” that was designed to protect first responders, tow truck drivers and construction crews working on streets and highways throughout New York State.

Motorists caught speeding in work zones two times within 18 months temporarily lose their license.

The state Assembly must also approve the measure, sponsored by State Sen. Jose Peralta, before it can be signed into law.

It is unclear when the measure will be brought before the Assembly.

–Liz Goff

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