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‘Civil remedial fees’ take effect July 1

In an ongoing, never-ending effort to figure out how to generate money for transportation, the 2007 General Assembly came up with at least a partial source for funds: bad drivers.

In House Bill 3202, the transportation funding bill, the Assembly established a new system of “civil remedial fees,” the purpose of which is “to generate revenue from drivers whose proven dangerous driving behavior places significant financial burdens upon the Commonwealth.”

The laws establishing these fees will take effect July 1.

The Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court has put together a very nice explanatory guide for the public. It should be a good starting point for a lawyer having to explain to a client charged with DUI why said client will be paying a total of $2,250 to the Department of Motor Vehicles should he be convicted.

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