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State leaders say it's time to clamp down on speeders

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RALEIGH (AP) -- State lawmakers may soon put the breaks on speeding loopholes.

A recent series of stories in The Raleigh News And Observer showed chronic speeders often get little or no punishment. That's largely because judges hand out so-called "prayers for judgment" that allow these offenders to avoid higher insurance premiums and revoked driver's licenses.

Cumberland Senator Tony Rand says one recommendation would be a study later this year that looks at high-speed laws and harsher punishment.

The newspaper's analysis found courtrooms are being clogged with speeding cases, and more than half of them were dismissed between July 2005 and June 2006.

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

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