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Sunday, August 12, 2007


Wah, wah, wah...

Apparently, 170,000 Virginians have nothing better to do than sign an online petition objecting to the new financial penalties Virginia is now assessing on certain 'major' traffic offenses, such as driving more than 20 miles an hour over the speed limit....

While the early court challenges have come on (I believe) weak-a** constitutional issues (whether Virginia can subject state drivers to fees and/or penalties not assessed to out of state drivers who do the same thing), most of the fuss seems to revolve around the dollar amount of the fees ($1000 on top of the regular fine for going 20 over).

Which makes me wonder....

Do we really have so many people who think that going 20 over the limit is no big deal, that it ought not be punished with a more substantial penalty?

Since the primary goal of these new fines was to raise revenue, rather than to deter behavior, would those objecting to these penalties really prefer that the state raise taxes on everyone, rather than a self-selecting few?

As much as I like to drive fast (personal record, the day before these new fees took effect, was quite nice, thank you), it doesn't bother me that those who drive that fast and get caught pay a rather significant penalty.