Is a traffic fine of up to $3,000 a good idea…Would you/do you support that civil penalty against drivers?

Question by marnefirstinfantry: Is a traffic fine of up to ,000 a good idea…Would you/do you support that civil penalty against drivers?
Virginians Face $ 3,000 Traffic Ticket
By Dennis Cauchon,USA Today
Posted: 2007-07-01 15:18:05
Filed Under: Law, Nation
(July 1) – Virginia is for lovers, or so the state slogan has declared since 1969. Starting today, Virginia also will be the home of the $ 3,000 traffic ticket. In an effort to raise money for road projects, the state will start hitting residents who commit serious traffic offenses with huge civil penalties.

The new civil charges range from $ 750 to $ 3,000 and be added to existing fines and court costs. The civil penalty for going 20 mph over the speed limit will be $ 1,050, plus $ 61 in court costs and a fine that is typically about $ 200.

Virginia’s traffic law is one of several thousand new state laws that take effect Sunday. Jan. 1 and July 1 are the most popular dates for state laws to become official.

July 1 is especially popular for new taxes and fees because it’s the start of the budget year in 46 states. For example, Arkansas will cut its sales tax on groceries from 6% to 3% Sunday.

Virginia’s new traffic penalties are expected to raise $ 65 million a year and are part of an effort to improve the state’s roads without raising taxes.

A first-time drunken driver will face a $ 2,250 civil penalty, plus fines and court costs that typically run about $ 500 or more. Driving without a license? That’s a mandatory $ 900 civil penalty, in addition to the ordinary $ 100 for a fine and court costs.

“It’s outrageous,” says traffic court attorney Thaddeus Furlong of Springfield, Va. “When Mr. and Mrs. Middle Class find out what they have to pay, there’s going to be a backlash like you’ve never seen.”

Some other states impose extra civil penalties for traffic offenses, but the cost is usually $ 100 or $ 200, Furlong says. “What sets this apart is the Draconian size of the civil penalties,” he says.

Another difference: The civil penalties apply only to Virginia residents, not out-of-state drivers. Virginians must pay in three installments over 26 months or lose their licenses. The state Legislature didn’t think it could enforce the extra penalties in other states.

Motorist club AAA Mid-Atlantic supports the new penalties.

Best answer:

Answer by gandamack2
well,Im a death penalty for parking violations kinda guy so Im all for it…just SLOW DOWN..geeze

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window, main room – 2 – painted + roof shingles JUST FINE after Irene – IMG_3459 (20110828) (uncropped version)

window, main room – 2 – painted + roof shingles JUST FINE after Irene – IMG_3459 (20110828) (uncropped version)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
The gutter, now repaired and painted. Loose gutter nails were replaced with gutter screws, and a drill was used to double the number of screw holes, adding many more gutter screws (about /ea) to help keep it up and straight. Gutter guards now finally cover 100% of it too, with some custom cuts having to be made. (Which was a lot eaiser with my yard sale aluminum snips than with scissors.)

Our main upstairs room’s front window (totally blocked from inside for privacy/anti-sun/anti-TV-glare purposes) after repainting.

If this picture looks familiar, it’s because it’s an alternate crop of an "after hurricane Irene" picture. That stick on top was from the hurricane. I realized it was also a good pic of our house maintenance later. This is a different crop of that same picture.

gutter, house maintenance, repaired gutter, stick, window.
after gutter repair. after painting. before painting.

roof, front yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

August 28, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

It was quite a pain, because it cost so much money and had our livingroom in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our paint was peeling! Ridiculous…

Main room window when we moved in: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/90505377/

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