Fines and court costs on the rise for violators

By Bob Robinson

Star STAFF

   Elizabethton City Council last night approved, on first reading, new fines and court costs, "comparable to those charged by neighboring cities," for Municipal Court.
   The Elizabethton Municipal Code was last updated in 1994, according to City Attorney Roger Day.
   From February to July 2001, most citations issued by the Elizabethton Police Department were for speeding, running red lights, failure to yield, following too closely and illegal parking.
   The new fines and court costs are as follows:
   Abandoned Vehicle $30, $25 (increase from zero).
   Alcohol-Open container $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Anti-Noise Violation $30, $50 (increase from $5).
   Failure to Maintain Control $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Failure to Yield-No Contact $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Failure to Yield-With Contact $50 (increase from $40), $50 (increase from $5).
   Failure to Yield to Emergency Lights $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Following Too Close-No Contact $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Following Too Close-With Contact $50 (increase from $40), $50 (increase from $5).
   Improper Safety Equipment $35 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   License-No Operator's License $30, $50 (increase from $5).
   Littering/Illegal Dumping $50, $25 (increase from zero).
   Parking-Blocking Street/Lane of Traffic $40 (increase from $30), $25 (increase from zero).
   Parking-Double Parking $30 (increase from $10), $25 (increase from zero).
   Parking-Fire Zone/Fire Hydrant $40 (increase from $30), $25 increase from zero).
   Parking Handicap Zone $50 (increase from $30), $25 (increase from zero).
   Parking-No Parking Zone $30 (increase from $10), $25 (increase from zero).
   Parking-Tow Away Zone $40 (increase from $20), $25 (increase from zero).
   Passing on Double Line $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from zero).
   Reckless Driving $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Registration Law Violation $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Restraint-Violation Child Restraint $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Restraint-Violation Seat Belt $50, $25 (increase from $5).
   Safety Glass Violation $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Speeding $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Speeding-20 MPH Over Speed Limit $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Stop Sign/Red Light Violation $50 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Turning Violation-Illegal U-Turn $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Turning Violation-Improper Turn $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   Violation of Municipal Code/Ordinances $40 (new), $25 (new).
   Window Tinting Violation $50, $50 (increase from $5).
   Wrong Way on One-Way Street $40 (increase from $30), $50 (increase from $5).
   In addition to the fine and court costs on each offense, a state litigation tax is also imposed by State law.