At a hearing in Viera, Circuit Judge Meryl Allawas “reluctantly” cancelled the December trial after the defence and state’s witnesses were unable to move existing schedule conflicts.
Lawyer Greg Eisenmenger said, “ Trials are typically scheduled months in advance to avoid such problems”.
Assistant State Attorney Tom Brown told FLORIDA TODAY. The trial was tentatively rescheduled for February the 9th before Circuit Judge Robert Burger.
Billy Lane 38, could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted, The offence is DUI manslaughter, On Labor Day 2006 Billy Lanes Truck was involved in a collision with a motorcycle being ridden by 56 year old, Park Ranger, Mr Gerald Morelock who died due to injuries sustained at the scheme.
Police said Lane’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crossed a double yellow line to pass cars near Melbourne Beach, striking Mr Morelock’s motorcycle head on.
Attorneys said they expect Lane’s trial to last up to 2 weeks and that they anticipate pre-trial publicity could result in a lengthy jury selection process.
Speeding fines are to be increased and could see you banned after two offences,
The new system of fines will not be based on the current fixed penalty system, the new 6 point system will only come into affect when the driver goes over a set speed limit.
For example in a 30mph area if a driver will still receive 3 points and a £60 fine for any speed allegedly up to 45mph BUT if a motorist goes above 45mph in a 30 zone they will receive 6 points and a £100 fine.
There were calls for a change in the penalty system after there was an increase of 20% in child road deaths last year. As research has shown that a pedestrian hit by a car at 35mph is twice as likely to be killed as one hit at 30mph.
Here is a list of the proposed speeds when the 6point penalty will be imposed.
32mph in a 20mph zone.
45mph in a 30mph zone.
57mph in a 40mph zone.
70mph in a 50mph zone.
82mph in a 60mph zone.
94mph in a 70mph zone.
As of yet unsure when these will come into effect so just take things a little more steadier.