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Council Passes Speeding Ordinance

For the second time in as many months, the Booneville City Council passed a driving-related ordinance. The subject of the January meeting was speeding.

As was the case with the hazardous driving ordinance passed a month ago, anyone charged with violating the ordinance will be subject to a fine, but the offense will not be recorded against the driver’s record.

Also, as with the case a month ago, there is an advantage to the city as well.

“We’re just making speeding on the city streets an ordinance violation so we can get some of the revenue and it won’t go on (the driver’s) record,” said city attorney Johnny Williams.

The new ordinance stipulates “no person shall drive a motor vehicle on a public street or highway within the city limits of Booneville at a speed that is greater than reasonable and proper.”

Reasonable and proper are also deemed to be the speed limits that are established by signage on city streets and state highways within the city limits.

The fine established for the ordinance is not greater that $180.

With regards to the Highway 10 and 23, alderman Larry Mitchell asked if a citation would be written differently that is currently the case.

“It will be the same ticket book but it will be recorded as an ordinance violation (rather than a uniform traffic citation (UTC) violation),” said Williams.

Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins also noted that District Judge Betsy Danielson has previewed and approved the ordinance.

The hazardous driving ordinance passed by the council in December defined hazardous driving as “disregarding traffic control devices, failure to maintain control of a vehicle or operating a vehicle in a manner as to be dangerous to the welfare of bystanders.”

That ordinance stipulates a fine of $15 and $100 and or a jail term of five to 30 days on a first offense with fines of $50 to $500 and or 10 to 30 days in jail for subsequent offenses.

At that time Booneville Police Department Lt. Steve Reid said city officers write relatively few tickets and although the fines for the tickets could be considered high, the city gets little of the revenue generated but citations written as ordinance violations will primarily go to the city.

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