Fines for speeding in school zones in Idaho would rise to more than $100, under legislation that won final passage in the Idaho House today. SB 1361a, sponsored by Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, now goes to the governor’s desk. It would set the minimum fine for school-zone speed violations at $75, plus $41.50 in court costs, for a total of $116.50. Local ordinances still could set higher fines. The bill passed the House on a 37-26 vote, with opponents raising questions about whether the fines would apply when school isn’t in session. They could, if communities choose to post signs saying they apply “when children are present,” rather than during certain hours or days.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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