Proposed Tulsa traffic fine increases put on hold

Friday, August 22nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa's City Council has put the brakes for now on a plan to raise city traffic violations. The city attorney's office along with the city courts and the department of treasury are behind a proposed hike in fines.

They want to increase fines from $15 to $50. If approved, a speeding ticket could cost you up to $150. Running a stop sign, passing in a no-passing zone, and driving without a valid license would all cost you about $115. Supporters say they're not trying to cash in on delinquent drivers during a budget shortfall, but keep people from breaking the law.

But the plan hit a major speed bump when the police union opposed it. FOP president Bob Jackson, "It seems that someone should have asked those of us who will deal with this on a daily basis if this is a good idea they did not and it is not."

The city council decided to send the proposal back to committee for more discussion.