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    Published Tuesday, August 23, 2005, by KRON TV Channel 4 Caltrans Opposes Double Fine Zone Renewal If you see signs up on California highways proclaiming
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      Published Tuesday, August 23, 2005, by KRON TV Channel 4

      Caltrans Opposes Double Fine Zone Renewal

      If you see signs up on California highways proclaiming "Double Fine
      Zones", they don't mean anything. That's because the law creating the
      special zones expired at the first of the year. Now a bill to
      reimpose the additional penalties faces some surprising last-minute
      opposition on the Governor's desk.

      Lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate approved the measure
      doubling speeding fines on the Golden Gate Bridge, 19th Avenue in San
      Francisco, Vasco Road in Contra Costa County, and two locations in
      Monterey Counties. The counties involved all suported the change.

      Golden Gate Bridge officials say the accident rate on the span dropped
      by 50% when the double fines were in place. Eleven people have died
      and 500 were hurt on 19th Avenue since 2000. A dozen people have died
      on Vasco road in the last two years.

      Although Caltrans doesn't have jurisdiction over the Golden Gate
      Bridge and Vasco Road, state officials have recently come out against
      the bill. They fear a precedent which could lead to higher fines
      elsewhere in the state. Since most of the double fine legislation
      came from Democrats, some worry the Governor will use the Caltrans
      opposition to veto the measures. For now the Governor's office says
      it's studying the legislation and had made no decision.
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