Our own Porterville
Recorder recently ran an editorial about Governor Brown’s proposed ticket
amnesty, and it wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.
The Governor rightly noted that the state had suspended 4.8 million drivers’
licenses in the last ten years, due to failure to pay traffic ticket fines.
But, many people didn’t pay because they couldn’t afford the
penalty assessments and add-ons, and the amnesty plan does nothing to
address the root problem. Indeed, several years ago, retired Judge Glade
Roper predicted that rising penalty assessments would lead to
Other people object to the amnesty because they fear another such program
would encourage people to stop paying their tickets and wait for another
The law of diminishing returns is primarily an economic phenomenon, but it is apparent in other areas
as well. Any student will say that after several consecutive hours, study
time is no longer nearly as effective.
Penalty assessments have reached a similar tipping point. These add-ons
have gone up so much in the past ten years that it is cheaper for people
not to pay their tickets and hope they don’t get caught than it
is for them to pay. Courts in Tulare County, and other services that are
dependent on traffic ticket fines, are
feeling the pinch.
Years ago, it may have made sense to simply pay the traffic ticket fine
and be done with the matter. Alas, those days are gone. Every point on
your record can have long term financial effects and the price of speeding
tickets will probably continue to go up.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger and Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the personal professional attention you deserve. En español,
llame al 661-376-0214.