Slow down for safety and your economic interest

The Maui Police Department has an objective: “to get people to slow down.”

The Maui News uses examples such as if you are driving 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit the fine is computed by levying $5 per mph over that limit plus court costs, bringing the fine to $142 and this alone should be a motivator.

But that’s only part of it. A moving violation can cause an increase in the cost of your car insurance from as little as 5 percent a year for three years or more up to the insurance company canceling your policy depending upon the egregiousness of the violations and your historical driving record among other variables, according to State Farm insurance.

When you add that penalty to the cost of the ticket, you’re beginning to talk about real money. Slow down – it’s in your economic interest as well as your personal safety.

David L. Florence