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PENALTIES TOUGHENED FOR SCHOOL-ZONE SPEEDERS

Lead-footed drivers caught speeding in school zones will face sharply higher penalties under a bill Gov. Pataki said Friday he has signed into law.

The law doubles the fines that can be imposed for people caught going above the posted limit near schools. The enhanced penalties will apply only on school days between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Under the new statute, people caught going 10 mph or less over the posted limit would be fined between $60 and $200. People caught going between 11 mph and 30 mph over the limit would face fines of between $120 and $400 and the possibility of being jailed for up to 15 days.

Drivers going more than 30 mph above the posted limit would face fines of between $240 and $800 and the possibility of incarceration for up to 30 days. The higher penalties take effect on Nov. 1.

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