NM Senate lessens penalties for boating violation

Posted at: 03/06/2013 10:26 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal heading to the House would lessen the penalties for boaters in New Mexico who fail to wear a life preserver.

The Senate unanimously endorsed a measure Tuesday to treat the violation of state park rules like a traffic ticket.

The penalty would be $30 for a first offense, $50 for a second violation and $150 for three or more violations. Failure to wear a life preserver currently can be punished by six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Republican Sen. William Sharer of Farmington said the current punishment was too harsh and he objected that people must appear in court to resolve a violation.

His proposal would allow people to pay a fine like a traffic ticket or go to court to appeal the case.

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