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Cuomo looks to make it harder to plead down speeding tickets

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make it harder for motorists in New York to plead down a speeding ticket to a lesser charge.

In his 2013-14 executive budget proposal, the governor wants to change the rules that allow local courts to let a defendant plead to a lesser, non-moving offense, allowing local municipalities to pocket money from fines that the state would usually get.

Some say the proposal will not sit well with motorists, because those who would rather confess to a minor charge would no longer be exempt from getting points on their license.

"It's going to cost an awful lot of money if the governor does this," Arnold Proskin, an attorney says. "You're going to have trials, your going to have to pay police extra money to be there for their overtime."

Proskin says more trials would be a result of more people likely choosing to fight their tickets in court, due to an $80 state surcharge the governor is also proposing, for reducing a speeding ticket to a non-moving violation.

Cuomo says the state loses $58 million a year on plea bargains.

The proposal will need to pass in the legislature before taking effect.

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