Fines Could Double On Highway 12

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

26-year old police officer David Lamoree was killed in a head-on collision on a stretch of highway 12 near Rio Vista, known as Blood Alley.  His mother, Beverly is backing Democratic Assemblywoman Lois Wolk’s bill.  It would establish new criteria to set up zones on dangerous highways where traffic fines can be doubled.
That would be in conjunction with increased enforcement and education. Lamoree thinks it’ll work:

“One person will see a cop car and slow down – another’s going to see double fines and say, oh, I’m so cheap and slow down”

Wolk’s bill also changes the legislative process for setting up such zones – making it easier.  Some Republicans point to a Caltrans study that was inconclusive about whether doubling the fines alone reduced accidents.  Wolk also has a measure that would name part of highway 12 after Officer Lamoree and sets up a double fine zone on highway 12.

Wolk's bills were approved by a Senate committee Tuesday and move next to other committees.

Bill # AB 112