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New cost of speeding: $7.70 per km/h over limit

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WINNIPEG - The province is changing the way it calculates base fines for speeding.

Starting in the new year, speeders will be charged a fine of $7.70 for every kilometre per hour they travel above the posted limit.

Currently, fines are slotted into ranges of speed with set fines.

"The change will make every ticket better reflect the actual offence and provide greater incentive for individuals to slow down," Attorney General Andrew Swan said today.

Motorists must appear in court for a fine to be assessed for "extreme" cases of speeding; the threshold for an "extreme" case is now dropping to 100 km/h over the limit, down from 120 km/h.

Also starting in January, the court cost portion of tickets will increase to 45 per cent from 35 per cent of the fine to better reflect the expense of administering these tickets by the courts, officials said.

Changing fines:

Speeding   Current ticket amount*   New amount (Jan. 1, 2010) 
10-12 km/h over the speed limit $164.00 $177.50 - $202.75
13-15 km/h over $190.80 $216 - $241.25
16-19 km/h over $220.50 $253.50 - $292
20-34 km/h over $278.00 $304.25 - $482.50
35-49 km/h over $448.50 $494.75 - $673
50-99 km/h over $619.00  $685.25 - $1,303.25
100-120 km/h over $1,187.00 Determined in court
More than 120 km/h over Determined in court Determined in court


* Current fines from the 2008 Brown Book. Amount includes fine, costs, and applicable surcharges.

History

Updated on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 4:17 PM CST: A previous version of the table in this story included calculations of the new fines, based at $7.70 x kilometres per hour over the limit. Government officials indicated this calculation did not take into account other components of ticket costs, and said they would provide corrected information.

5:18 PM: Updated with new ticket amounts provided by provincial officials.

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