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Re: CHAT: Speed cameras (was: Word usage in English dialects)

From:JC <jcolrich-dreams@...>
Date:Friday, February 4, 2005, 20:12
Carsten wrote:
> However, is it true that in the US, 'tempo sinners' (as > they're called here by the bureaucracy) must go to jail for > one or two days depending on how much too fast they drove > on the highway? A acquaintance of mine told me once, this > happened to her mother when she were having a stay in > America.
If you're going very high over the limit they can charge you with reckless driving, which is a misdemeanor and can carry jail time. At least in some states; state laws vary. It's often reduced to a fine even if you are convicted of it, unless you've damaged something or hurt someone. I knew a couple of guys in college who got them reduced to civil infractions (wording? I think that's right) and fines. I don't think jail time is a possibility with just a normal speeding ticket.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>