July 20, 2007

Terrible Tyrannical Traffic Tickets

The recent furor over the large traffic fines (and linked state income tax increases) seem pretty justified to me.

Aside from their onerous size, the tickets seem poorly geared toward saftey, and even the Governor agrees they are mainly a revenue measure.

Speed, especially on the interstates is not a major saftey concern....changing speeds are....like the sudden changing of the speed limits in Newport News (Warwick Blvd.) and Norfolk (Terminal Blvd.) downward to take advantage of this upcoming windfall.

The 20mph downswings in speed limits on rural roads like 258 in Isle of Wight county are already an issue....they tend to be sudden with minimal warning and often associated with a hill and a patrol car. This is sleazy enough without a thousand dollar fine (and a spike in taxes for years).

Traffic fines should be for satey...not revenue generation. I hope the backlash from this is VERY strong.

I seem to remember back in the early days of the republic we had a method of dealing with public officials like Gov. Kaine....I wish I could remember what that was....


Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 09:28 PM | Comments (1) | Add Comment
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1 I think it had something to do with a sticky hot black substance and the stuff that down comforters are made from. There's also something about a long piece of metal, steel I think.

Hope this helps, I'm sorry that I can't remember the name of the book that it came from. It might have been a history textbook.

Posted by: Mike H. (Ad Libitum)) at Sat Jul 21 12:50:02 2007 (h7fLw)

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