A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced legislation to increase the penalties for drivers convicted of excessive speeding.
State Rep. Mark Painter (D-Montgomery) said under his proposal, those convicted of driving 100 mph or more, or going 45 mph over the speed limit, would face the same penalties as those for reckless driving, including a six-month suspension of driving privileges.
"This legislation will serve as a deterrent to those drivers who do not understand the incredible danger excessive speeding can cause," Painter said in a statement. "We owe it to the responsible drivers of the commonwealth to do all that we can to keep Pennsylvania roadways as safe as possible."
Currently, a possible 15-day license suspension is triggered for those found guilty of driving 31 mph or more over the speed limit.