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Should traffic fines be based on income levels?

luigi1- in god we trust 2011/10/20 14:51:18
Yes. The rich should pay more.
Maybe. The poor can't pay.
No. Standard fines for standard violations.
Undecided. Other comment.
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Should A Rich Speeder Pay More?

An increasing number of European nations base the cost of a traffic ticket on some measure of the driver's income. But don't expect such progressive penalties to find a home in this country.


Think you could ever empathize with a multimillionaire in a Ferrari busted with his foot to the floor?


You might if that driver were stopped in a place like Finland or Switzerland, two in a growing number of European nations that consider a driver's income when tabulating the cost of a traffic ticket. In the U.S., a habitual lead-foot has more to fear, financially, from his car insurance company than he does from Officer Bob.


Law enforcement in Europe goes right for the wallet.


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  • jams 2011/10/21 01:48:25
    Yes. The rich should pay more.
    jams
    +1
    Seems like a good idea. The punishment doesn't really fit the crime if the it costs one guy a weeks salary and another guy an hours work.
  • luigi1-... jams 2011/10/23 11:40:44
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    That tad amouts to a two tier penalty system. There should be a standard penalty for a standard crime.

    Those that can't pay should be given the option to work it off in community service rather than say jail time.
  • intolerantrwj 2011/10/20 15:58:09
    Undecided. Other comment.
    intolerantrwj
    +1
    .... No, they should be based on flagrancy and the danger created


    ................. currently it's nothing more than a Tax Collector with a Gun !


    Here's an approach I'd be in favor of ....


  • luigi1-... intoler... 2011/10/20 18:46:49
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    Agree. If say, a driver gets a $300 speeding ticket then another in the same 6 month period...the second fine should be more.
  • intoler... luigi1-... 2011/10/20 18:53:26
    intolerantrwj
    +1
    .... I'd say no Luigi ... in my eyes Motor Vehicle Code is used as nothing more than a Tax Collection Tool .... safety is not the deal as they purport.

    On top of that, you not only get a Fine, the Insurance Company stuffs it to you also .... and they do it with State provided info ... generally unrequested.

    Contrary to popular belief, you can speed safely .... if you couldn't, is the cop pursuing you for speeding, doing so recklessly ? After all, he has to exceed your speed many times to catch you.
  • luigi1-... intoler... 2011/10/20 22:10:11
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    If repeated traffic offenders were penalized more often, it would lower auto insurance for good drivers. You & I are paying for their irresponsible.
  • intoler... luigi1-... 2011/10/25 14:57:47 (edited)
    intolerantrwj
    .... the irresponsible are merely an excuse .. a tool .. " We are forced to raise your Premium due to the area in which you live " .. funny, but when they are asked why the insurance company(s) always state they lose money on vehicular insurance, even though most States now have Mandatory Insurance at the behest of those Company(s) ... funny how that works.

    Want to get a Real Runaround ... ask how much they make in Investment Returns on Premiums from time of premium payment until possible Incident Payout ... amazing how that Stat is ... ahem ... " Currently Unavailable " !

    You notice how every little infraction has suddenly become a ' Point Violation ' against your Driver License .... who benefits by the Point System ?

    Here's another little something to ponder in considering my Tax Collector with a Gun assertion .... why has the Founder of MADD, Candy Lightner, completely disassociated herself from MADD and actually is on record against what it has become ?
  • MandaLynne 2011/10/20 15:30:09
    No. Standard fines for standard violations.
    MandaLynne
    +1
    No. How would that be fair? This is just another example of class warfare.
  • luigi1-... MandaLynne 2011/10/20 18:44:32
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    You nailed it. The rich can pay more but it's not fair to have two set of laws or penalties for the same crime.
  • Arel 2011/10/20 14:59:41
    No. Standard fines for standard violations.
    Arel
    +1
    Fines should be the same for everyone.
  • luigi1-... Arel 2011/10/20 15:06:12 (edited)
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    I totally agree. Anything less would be picking & chosing the penalty on whaterver they want.
  • Boris Badinov 2011/10/20 14:57:35
    Undecided. Other comment.
    Boris Badinov
    +1
    No Worries... Pretty soon we'll be a classless society and it will just work out.
  • luigi1-... Boris B... 2011/10/20 15:04:55
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    There's a lot of truth to that statement.


    thumbs up
  • S. Gompers 2011/10/20 14:54:17
    Undecided. Other comment.
    S. Gompers
    +1
    The rich should pay less.
  • luigi1-... S. Gompers 2011/10/20 14:58:43
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    That would tad amount to a two tier penalty system. The ACLU would love a case like that.
  • S. Gompers luigi1-... 2011/10/20 15:00:35
    S. Gompers
    +1
    We need to disband the ACLU!!...
  • luigi1-... S. Gompers 2011/10/20 15:03:13
    luigi1- in god we trust
    +1
    Agree but some fancy hot shot lawyer would take the case.
  • S. Gompers luigi1-... 2011/10/20 15:06:58
    S. Gompers
    +1
    Lawyers should only be allowed to work for corporations, after all, they are people too...
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2011/10/20 14:53:23
    No. Standard fines for standard violations.
    luigi1- in god we trust
    No. You do the crime...you do the time or fine.
  • Tom 2011/10/20 14:53:15
    No. Standard fines for standard violations.
    Tom
    +1
    The real problem is, the rich have better lawyers, and thus are more likely to avoid paying fines of any kind.
  • luigi1-... Tom 2011/10/20 14:55:17
    luigi1- in god we trust
    True. Paying the fine may be less hastle & cheaper than a lawyer.

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