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Young speeders will serve jail time

January 31, 2003

(Gainesville-AP) -- Spending at least one night at the Regional Youth Detention Center will soon be part of the penalty for certain teenagers convicted of excessive speeding in Hall County.

The new policy becomes effective tomorrow. Hall County Juvenile Court Judge Mary Carden says detention has been used on a case-by-case basis in the past, but the new policy will make it mandatory.

Any driver age 16-and-under who is convicted of driving more than 30 miles-per-hour over the speed limit will serve at least 24 hours in the Regional Youth Detention Center. Those convicted of driving 100 miles-an-hour or more will get 48 hours in lock-up.

The judge says more and more 16-year-olds are appearing in juvenile court because of excessive speeding violations. Officials also say an alarming number of deaths ad injuries have resulted from high-speed crashes involving teens. The Hall County District Attorney's office has agreed to recommend detention in addition to license suspension, fines and probation in such cases.

The new penalties will apply to tickets issued on or after February first.

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