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Controls on speeding violations to benefit state

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Governor Cuomo is targeting speeding tickets as a means for bringing more money into the state coffers. Cuomo's new budget proposes eliminating the common practice of municipal courts pleading down speeding tickets to parking violations. The move allows drivers to avoid having points charged to their licenses. It also allows municipalities to keep the fines instead of forwarding them to the state. The Governor's measure would limit that practice, bringing an additional $58 million a year to the state's coffers.

Some lawmakers, including Senator Mark Grisanti, question passage of the proposal.
 

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