NJ Senate Panel OKs Lower Vehicle Fines
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A bill advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday gives some New Jersey drivers a break.
The bill reduces the maximum fine for driving without a license, registration or insurance card if the driver can prove he or she was legal at the time of the stop.
Sen. Kip Bateman, a Somerset County Republican who is sponsoring the bill, says soccer moms running late to a game shouldn’t have to pay $180 if they forget their licenses.
He said the measure gives discretion to judges, but shrinks the maximum possible fine to $100, from $150 plus court costs.
Bateman, who first introduced the bill two years ago, called it consumer friendly legislation.
No companion legislation has been introduced in the Assembly.
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