Chatham Police Department issued the following announcement on June 30.
Traffic tickets are getting a lot more expensive as of July 1st, 2019. We want you to be knowledgeable. as well as driving safely. Please, leave earlier, put your cell phone on Do Not Disturb or use it only in hands free mode, and wear your seat belt.
Beginning July 1st, if you get caught speeding or committing another minor traffic violation, the cost of the ticket goes up from $120 to $164.
For a seat belt violation, that fine nearly triples from $60 to $164.
Cell phone use while driving is also changing to a moving violation for first-time offenders, meaning tougher penalties.
Original source can be found here.
Source: Chatham Police Department