Traffic Ticket Fines Going Up to Support TBI

Starting next month, Tennesseans guilty of traffic violations could pay higher fees, according to The City Paper..
In an effort to offset reductions made to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab budget, the General Assembly passed a measure that will require municipalities, starting July 1, to collect an additional $13.75 fee per traffic violation fine if those fines are paid prior to the court date or compliance date.
Those who plead not guilty and go to court, or miss the compliance date, will not face the additional fees.
It’s important to note, according to Circuit Court Clerk Richard Rooker, that the new fees are tacked on per traffic violation — i.e. speeding, registration, license violations etc. — and not per citation. A motorist can incur up to five violations on one citation, which would rack up $68.75 in additional fees alone.
Rooker’s office will be required to collect the fees in Davidson County. He said fee monies collected would be remitted to the state treasury and then passed on to the TBI.
Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the TBI, said revenue generated by the new fees would help offset a $2.3 million reduction in the bureau’s 2011-2012 fiscal budget.

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