Maryland Considers Steeper Fines for Reckless Drivers

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    Maryland may boost the fines for reckless drivers to help raise much needed cash.

    Under a proposal, drivers who pick up more than five points within a two-year period would be charged an additional $100 per point on top of the fine itself. 

    Drivers would have to pay that surcharge every year for three years.

    A $500 surcharge would be imposed for alcohol- or drug-related driving offenses.

    The fines are part of the a budget proposal from Gov. Martin O'Malley.

    The General Assembly would have to approve it before it takes effect.

    A similar bad driving fee in Virginia was quickly repealed.