DOUBLE FINES FOR SPEEDING IN THE BREAKDOWN LANE

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a measure that would double fines for motor vehicles speeding in the breakdown lane.

Supporters said the use of the breakdown lane is essential to provide temporary relief from rush hour traffic. They noted that many drivers use the lane as a high-speed passing lane risking their own safety and the safety of disabled motorists and emergency personnel.

“Numerous accidents and fatalities have occurred due to excessive speed in the breakdown lanes,” said sponsor Rep. Dave Linsky (D-Natick). “This legislation will not only further protect those who dedicate their lives to our safety but would protect motorist safety as well.”

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