NJ drivers might avoid surcharge penalties

June 23, 2009 4:41:21 AM PDT
New Jersey might give bad drivers who owe millions in surcharges a break. A state Senate committee unanimously approved an amnesty bill on Monday.

Under the measure, drivers would pay $150 in surcharges for the first six motor vehicle points and $25 for every additional point.

The amnesty program would not apply to motorists convicted of drunken driving.

Drivers owe the state $583 million in uncollected surcharges. Officials estimate the amnesty program would collect about $17 million.

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