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Fines For Traffic Infractions Increase

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - It is going to hurt in your pockets if you decide to break traffic laws in Washington.

Fines are increasing effective April 30th, 2007.

Penalty amounts for traffic infractions have been amended by the state government.

Kennewick Police said fines typically go up every few years, which include like infractions like driving the wrong way on the freeway, speeding and illegal parking.

Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin said the city does not directly get more money when the fines increase.  He said, "a very small percentage comes back to cover our costs and expenses."

He said the courts, state, and county governments split up the money.  

Most of fines are only expected to increase by 10 to 20 dollars but the most notable increase is failure to yield the right of way for an emergency vehicle.  Currently, it will cost you 101 dollars but after the 30th expect to pay 1,050 dollars.