PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The state Legislature is on pace to give some speeders a break on fines.

[WATCH: State House passes bill that would lower fines for speeding]

On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill to slash fines for drivers caught going less than 10 mph over the posted speed limit on state highways.

Instead, law enforcement would cite drivers for a "waste of a finite resource," a penalty that carries a fine of no more than $15.

The bill passed along party lines with Democrats raising concerns this will encourage speeding and make the roads more dangerous.

Democratic Sen. Martin Quezada also voiced concerns that lowering the fines will cut much needed revenue to the state.

"Although no one likes to get a speeding ticket, some of these government programs that are important need that money," Quezada said.

Criminal penalties can still be imposed for drivers going more than 20 miles over the speed limit. The measure still needs approval from the House and the signature of the governor before it becomes law.

 

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