For those of you who are just tuning in, the high penalty assessments on
Bishop and Independence traffic tickets are not directed to the programs
they were initially designed to fund.
Case in point: driver education classes. A portion of the money collected
from moving violations is supposed to fund free or reduced public driver
education courses for new drivers. But some people claim that the money
earmarked for these programs has essentially been
hijacked by the Legislature and Governor and sent to the general fund, where is
it applied to pretty much everything except driver education courses.
As a result, non-state agencies like local law enforcement and hospitals
must use their limited resources for these projects.
Vehicle wrecks are the number one cause of preventable death among teenagers.
According to a report from the
California Research Bureau, penalty assessments are divided among several destinations, including:
- Victim restitution,
- Driver training,
- Peace officer training, and
- Traumatic brain injury research.
In reality, however, all the money collected goes to the general fund,
and some of the programs penalty assessments were designed to fund, including
training funds, are either already broke or dangerously close to insolvency.
The result is a continuing
spiral of increasing penalty assessments, and there is no sign that the cycle
will end anytime soon.
But the cycle can be good news for drivers. Because the county keeps almost
none of the revenue that penalty assessments generate, prosecutors are
sometimes willing to reduce them. The penalty assessment mess is yet another
example of a way that an experienced attorney can use a broken system
to your advantage.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
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