In a few more years, the revenue vs. safety debate may move from courtrooms
in Inyo County to the vast stretches of Hwy 395.
A recent report from the Brookings Institution made some interesting points.
The City of Los Angeles collects $161 million in parking tickets per year,
to go along with millions more in traffic ticket penalty assessments.
Driverless cars will theoretically never get a traffic ticket, although
they are programmed to exceed the speed limit in certain situations. That
lost revenue will have to come from somewhere, and most observers agree
it will be from higher taxes.
report predicts that most cars will be driverless by 2035, and authorities will
eventually ban vehicles with human drivers.
Revenue v Safety
The United States Constitution bans “excessive fines” as punishment in criminal cases.
Regardless of the label assigned to these matters, a line must be drawn
somewhere. As a very general rule of thumb, fines should be set in accordance
with the following priorities:
Punishment: Although fines should be high enough to feel the pinch, they should not
be oppressively high.
Deterrence: In a similar vein, fines should be high enough to deter future misconduct
but should not be the equivalent of being locked in the stockade for everyone to see.
Revenue: There’s nothing wrong with the state making a few dollars off fines,
especially if the services are related to the violation and the violation
enforcement is designed to protect public safety.
penalty assessment system basically has the priorities reversed. Penalty assessments are basically
designed to raise revenue, and the punishment outweighs the crime.
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
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