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Slow down or you'll pay

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By Alice Du Pont

"If people don't slow down, they are going to pay, really pay," said Officer Tara Bryant of the Quincy Police Department.

Bryant said the new fines were the result of legislative initiatives that have trickled down to the county level.

Here is the new fee schedule:

• Move Over Act (failure to change move over when approaching an emergency vehicle) $116 or $146.

• Moving Infraction/Child Restraint: $147

• Non-moving (no seatbelt): $96

Speeding Violations:

• 1 to 9 miles over the limit: $112

• 10 to 14 miles over the limit: $187

• 15 to 19 miles over the limit: $237

• 20 to 29 miles over the limit: $262

• 30-plus miles over the limit: $337(second or subsequent violation is $587 and requires court appearance)

Speeding Violations School / Construction Zone:

• 1 to 9 miles over the limit: $137

• 10 to 14 miles over the limit: $287

• 15 to 19 miles over the limit: $387

• 30 to 29 miles over the limit: $437

• 30-plus miles over the limit: $587 and requires a court appearance

Miscellaneous Violations:

• All Terrain Vehicle Violations: $91

• Failure to stop for a school bus: $187

• Passing school bus: $287 and requires a court appearance

• Failing to stop at a traffic signal: $212

• Handicapped parking violation: $187

• Load dropping: $264

• Pedestrian/bicycle violations: $52.50

• Railroad crossing violations: $187

• Unattended child in motor vehicle: $117 to $587 and requires a court appearance

"We know times are tough for a lot of people but they're going to have to slow down because we're cracking down. One of our biggest problems is people on four-lane highways that don't stop for school buses. Both sides are supposed to stop, not only the motorists behind the bus, unless the median is divided," Bryant said.

City commissioners have, for the past 3 months, asked police officers to pay special attention to speeders throughout the city.

“With school about to close, we've gotten requests from school principals and school crossing guards for help with speeders. Later this month, around Memorial Day, we're going to put our DUI check-points in place and go into the Wolfpack Operation where we and other law enforcement agencies check for just about everything," said Ferman Richardson, Quincy police chief.