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"Attention Virginians: The cost of bad driving is about to go up. Way up.

"Say you are driving 78 mph on the Capital Beltway and a state trooper tickets you for 'reckless driving - speeding 20 mph over.' You will probably be fined $200 by the judge. But then you will receive a new, additional $1,050 fine from the Old Dominion, payable in three convenient installments. So convenient that you must pay the first one immediately, at the courthouse...

"As part of the plan to fund the annual $1 billion transportation package approved this year, state legislators endorsed a new set of 'civil remedial fees' for all misdemeanor and felony traffic violations, such as speeding 20 mph above the limit, reckless driving and, in some cases, driving with faulty brakes. Drivers with points on their licenses - a speeding ticket usually earns four points - will be hit for $75 for every point above eight and $100 for having that many points in the first place."
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From:eightbitguy
Date:June 24th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
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If you have eight points on your DL you deserve a $1000 fine for screwing up again.
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From:cheetahmaster
Date:June 24th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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The fees are for all misdemeanor and felony traffic violations, however, so, drive safe.
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From:luguvalium
Date:June 24th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Note: non-Virginia drivers who are convicted of the same violations do not receive these fees.
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From:queen_fire
Date:June 25th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it strikes me as an effort to re-gerrymander the state. The first thing I thought of as someone who is a 20-something is well if you live in DC then you are basically living the same place and not subject to random fees. (Or Maryland). But you'd be out of the GOPs hair. As NOVA is from what I understand the primary cause of their consternation and they probably want to get rid of younger more liberal people. (As in fishing for "unintended consequences" might be an art form.)

If it was meant to stop people driving like maniacs it would be enforced for everyone. It could also be to drain the county coffers as the judges might reduce fees knowing that they would be attached to unreasonable traffic fines, for basic speeding tickets. This would hurt the county and benefit the state, which the GOP has more sway over. Fairfax county has been siding with the Democrats lately. (And not only that it would effect the people in the county most likely to be democrats, people who are younger, and less financially established, possibly it is also aimed at pushing out poorer immigrants as Arlington isn't getting behind some activists agenda of osterization and having the police look for people to deport.)
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From:halloween_jack
Date:June 25th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
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Is there a legal/constitutional issue here?
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From:cheetahmaster
Date:June 25th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Lemme know how you feel when you accidentally get a ticket, and end up hit with a fee in the hundreds of dollars then.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 26th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
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Not only Virginians drive like maniacs in this state, however they are the only ones that will get slapped with these fees. Personnally, I find that unfair and don't think it should just hit Virginia drivers.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 8th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)

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ever heard of "cruel and unusual punishment"?
read the US constitution sometime.

this just cost every legistlator that voted for it his/her job because I'm about to make that very public knowledge.
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