Virginia 'abusive drivers' to get refunds

April 7, 2008 at 9:53 PM

NORFOLK, Va., April 7 (UPI) -- The Virginia Supreme Court is sending out letters this week issuing refunds for such things as special drunken-driving fines, the court said.

The (Norfolk) Virginian Pilot reported Monday that drivers will be refunded so-called "abusive driver" fees.

At least 4,204 drivers convicted in South Hampton Roads as of the end of 2007 will be told the special fees they were once assessed are forgiven, according to the state Supreme Court.

Those who have already paid the fees will be getting refund checks, the court said.

The special fees, repealed last month by Gov. Timothy Kaine, were woven into a large transportation bill and were intended to punish the worst drivers with a new category of fine – a "civil remedial fee."

The fees would apply to crimes or misdemeanors committed while driving.

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