Motorists on Interstate 15 who are fed up with high speeding ticket enforcement
can sympathize with drivers on Highway 25 in Arkansas, who recently filed
a federal lawsuit to shut down an alleged speed trap town.
Concord was already in the state’s gunsights, after an initial review
found that its revenue from traffic tickets was over a third more than
the maximum allowed under Arkansas law. In a subsequent letter, State
Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden declared that the town’s court
docket was dominated by “pure money making citations for violations.” The state briefly suspended the local marshal’s ability
to write tickets, adding that it would be reinstated once it “is
willing to operate as a law enforcement agency and not solely as a revenue
The plaintiffs in a related federal lawsuit claim they “suffered
ascertainable out-of-pocket losses in the form of fines and penalties
assessed by the city.”
Revenue v Safety
Like boxers vs. briefs,
great taste vs. less filling, and other seemingly endless classic arguments, this debate will rage
well into the future. But the revenue v. safety debate is even harder
to resolve, because there are obviously valid public safety reasons for
many tickets to be written.
Everyone is in favor of safer roads, or at least they will give that answer
when asked. But more and more drivers are concerned that the main purpose
for certain classifications of tickets, like speeding tickets in the desert,
is to raise revenue.
There are some things that put the scales
out of balance:
Photo Enforcement: At least as currently constituted, red light cameras and speeding cameras
completely remove the human element from tickets.
Speed Traps: Especially for freeway communities like Barstow and Baker, it is tempting
to write lots of speeding tickets, because they are essentially a visitor
tax that raises revenue without affecting local voters.
The best way to guard against these things is not to change the laws, but
to fight the traffic tickets they produce.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive lawyers at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to giving
individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets. Call
today at 661-859-1177 or email
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