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Updated: 02/21/2013 08:00:04AM

It is important to know and follow the law

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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In this day and time, we as citizens get inundated with rules and laws, but most are necessary to keep us all safe. In order to successfully accomplish this, citizens must follow these regulations as strictly as they can. Traffic laws are no different. Chances are your first encounter with the police is going to be over a traffic law violation.

Traffic infractions such as speeding, improper lane change and running red lights are all laws that are important for you to follow for two reasons: Firstly, for your safety and the safety of others; secondly, if you get a ticket it is likely going to cost you a lot of money. In Florida, speeding fines are steep. Just going 10 miles above the speed limit will cost you $204, if you are on the highway. If you are in a construction or school zone, it is going to cost you $304 for 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. This doesn’t even take into account your insurance premiums for getting cited.

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