a sliding scale address both the safety and revenue issues swirling around traffic tickets
in Lamont and Shafter? According to one observer, the answer is a resounding
There is a considerable amount of anecdotal evidence concerning rich scofflaws.
This particular author claimed that the late billionaire Steve Jobs parked
in handicapped spots and drove without license plates because he cared
nothing about a $100 or $200 ticket. Second, there is some precedent for
the idea: a motorist in Finland recently received the equivalent of a
$58,000 speeding ticket, because his income exceeded $7 million a year.
Would It Work Here?
We’re no geography experts, but we did look at a globe the other
day and notice that Finland and the United States are different countries.
While it may be legal in Finland to treat people differently because of
their income, in this country there would be opposition. The idea that
you should pay a higher fee for the same behavior, whether a fishing license
or a traffic ticket, because you have harder or otherwise accrued more
of an income, is very controversial in most circles.
Moreover, while there is anecdotal evidence of rich people who brazenly
ignore traffic laws, it is just that: anecdotal evidence. In other words,
they are stories which may very well be true, but do not stand for any
statistical truths. Policymakers cannot, or at least should not, base
decisions on stories they read in the newspaper.
Finally, implementation in California would be a nightmare. Finland has
about five million people; The Golden State is home to nearly 40 million.
No government has the resources to examine tens of millions of tax returns
to determine income; neither do they have the stomach for the court battle
that would almost certainly come to pass. Finally, the intrusiveness of
having to cough up your tax returns or other proof of income seems like
an invasion of privacy.
The only answer to high penalty assessments is to attack the matter one
case at a time in one traffic ticket trial at a time.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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