LAWRENCE, Kan. - The City of Lawrence, Kan., is planning a vote on Tuesday that would raise speeding ticket fines by more than 60 percent in an effort to raise revenue and reach parity with other similarly-sized Kansas cities.
A letter from the city attorney to the city manager recommended changing ticket fines for the first time since 2009.
A ticket for going 10 miles over the limit would start at $80, instead of the current $50. Rates would rise accordingly as speed increased.
The city studied surrounding communities of similar size before developing their plan to change rates and found cities like Olathe and Overland Park were charging more for tickets ($96 and $80.50, respectively).
The letter said the increase would "generate higher revenue for the city without having the most expensive rates in the state."
In the college town filled with less-experienced drivers, the news of a likely increase in fines was greeted with disappointment.
"It's probably going to make me slow down because I can't afford all this if they raise the prices," Lawrence resident Hannah Smock said. "I could barely afford my last one!"
If passed Tuesday, the changes would take effect on October 1.
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