Granby close to adopting new, higher state traffic fines
September 16, 2008
The Granby Police Department is due to adopt the state of Colorado’s new traffic fines this week.
This summer the state raised its moving violation fines to nearly double their amount or greater in the belief that Colorado lagged behind other states in traffic-fine amounts.
In order to remain consistent to road users, Granby Police Chief Bill Housley said it only makes sense for Granby to increase its fines to match the state’s.
Granby has a 25 percent surcharge on fines for moving violations, which differs from the state.
New base traffic fines in Granby most likely will go into effect by Oct. 1 if adopted this week, Housley said.
An example of the new traffic fines (on which 25 percent in surcharges will be added if administered in Granby) are:
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– Speeding 5-9 mph over the limit ” $70
– Speeding 10-19 mph over the limit ” $135
– Speeding 20-24 mph over the limit ” $200
– Speeding 25 mph-plus over ” Summons issued
For construction and school zones, the penalty is even steeper:
– Speeding 5-9 mph over the limit ” $140
– Speeding 10-19 mph over the limit ” $270
– Speeding 20-24 mph over the limit ” $540
– Speeding 25 mph-plus over ” Summons issued.
Other moving violations, such as running a red light, are also going up. Incidentally, running a red used to be a $35 ticket. With the new state fee schedule due to be adopted, running a red will now cost $100.
One way to protect the pocketbook from these new fines, Housley said, is to be mindful of the laws and observant of road signs.
Alcohol thefts unsolved
Granby police are still looking for whoever stole alcohol from Headwaters Golf Course’s food and beverage storage.
A series of three burglaries of “similar nature” occurred during the month of August, Housley said, during which “several hundreds of dollars-worth” of alcohol were taken.
Police found that a building was entered by way of force outside normal business hours on each occasion of theft.
An award is available for anyone who has information about the thefts leading to arrest. Granby Police can be reached at (970) 887-3007.
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