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Senate considers designating certain highways for increased fines

February 10, 2009

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— A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill that would double fines for speeding on heavily traveled roads around the state.

The Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday was scheduled to hear testimony on the measure that would establish safety corridors on busy highways. The legislation would allow state workers to decide which highways are dangerous.

The bill was proposed by Wichita officials, who want safety corridor designation for a stretch of Kellogg Dr. Crashes on the city’s busiest highway accounted for seven traffic fatalities in 2008, one-third of the yearly total.

Deputy Police Chief Robert Lee said the Kellogg corridor would be about 20 miles long. The aim of the legislation would be to reduce traffic deaths, not to collect more money from fines.

Comments

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 5 months ago

The "nanny state" argument is inapplicable here. That refers to the government protecting people from themselves, not from the actions of others, as here. Plus, is your argument really that stopping more motorists and fining them less is more of a "nanny state" issue than stopping the same amount of motorists and fining them more?Of course, we could get out of the inflexible ideological realm and actually see whether these things work. New Mexico's had great success with them.

kmat 6 years, 5 months ago

What's the big deal with this? Other states do it. Large chunks of I-40 are safety corridors and they're in the middle of no where. Don't speed and you don't have to worry.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

Double the fine if the driver is a teenager with a cigarette lighter.

Orwell 6 years, 5 months ago

Repeal speed limits. Let's thin the herd.

Curtis Lange 6 years, 5 months ago

Stupid idea. It is the idiots behind the wheel of the automobiles on that highway that are dangerous, not the highway itself. Had to go through some of these 'Safety Corridors' down in Arizona and they are most idiotic highway invention known to man. Let's throw up a sign and pretend this stretch of highway on side A of the sign is oh so much more dangerous than the stretch of highway on side B of the sign.

budwhysir 6 years, 5 months ago

I cant drive 55, now what ya going to do? wonder how many people they pull over are city people on the way to work using the interstate cause its easier

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