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Clogged courts mean North Carolina speeders often not punished

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Punishing speeders in North Carolina has become a rarity.

A report by a Raleigh newspaper says legal loopholes allowed four-out-of-five drivers charged with speeding last fiscal year to avoid losing their drivers licenses and an increase in insurance premiums.

The News And Observer examined records for the year ending June 30. It found the population increase has resulted in more speeding cases than courts can properly handle.

The report says charges against speeders are often reduced or dismissed. Some drivers got a judgment that prevents higher insurance costs and a revoked license.

In the court district for Davie, Alexander, Davidson and Iredell counties, nearly half the drivers caught at 90 miles-an-hour or more pleaded down to ten miles-an-hour or less over the limit.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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