Brazen motorcyclists and drivers now will be clobbered with a fine in the four figures – $1,000 and up – if they get busted for excessive speeding on Florida roads, reports the Orlando Sentinel. And for the bikers, there are additional new rules, including an absolute ban on “popping wheelies,” or lifting their front wheel off the pavement. Under a Florida law that took effect this month, drivers face a $1,000 fine for going 50 mph over the speed limit. Get caught a second time and you’ll fork over $2,500 and lose your license for a year. You’ll pay $5,000 for the third offense and forfeit your license for 10 years.
Previously, the harshest penalty was $250 for exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 mph. This penalty is still in effect. On the second day the new law went into effect, and using airplanes to track traffic, officers cited 80 people for excessive speeding in a 1 1/2 -hour period on the Palmetto Expressway in Miami-Dade County. One motorcyclist was clocked at 150 mph. A Ford Mustang hit 145 mph.