State Leaders Say It's Time To Clamp Down On Speeders

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.