NewsPublic Affairs / August 23, 2019

Judge Raises Fines On Her Own After County Passes

Judge Raises Fines On Her Own After County PassesJudge Kathleen "Kitty" Coriden acted after Bartholomew County commissioners this week refused to raise the fines.Columbus, Bartholomew County2019-08-23T00:00:00-04:00
Judge Raises Fines On Her Own After County Passes

A Bartholomew County judge unilaterally raised fines for people who ignore road closure signs or drive around high water barricades.

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A judge has unilaterally raised fines for people who ignore road closure signs or drive around high water barricades in an Indiana county.

The Republic reports that Judge Kathleen "Kitty" Coriden acted after Bartholomew County commissioners this week refused to raise the fines. Drivers can pay $500 or have their license suspended for 30 days.

Sheriff Matt Myers supports what he calls a "bold move" by the judge to enhance public safety. He says deputies and first responders are at risk when they are called to rescue drivers in high water.

County Commission Chairman Rick Flohr voted against raising the fine. But he says Coriden is more knowledgeable about what can be done under Indiana law. He says "that's fine with us" if the judge wants to order a higher fine.

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