That’s a fight that is I would for one love to see happen!
It’s as big as the fight that just happened this past weekend $May VS Pac Man. But from my point of view it’s a fight that the CA legislature Doesn’t want us to ever See.
In the Red Corner we have Deficit: Weighing in at a Hefty
10 Billion in court ordered uncollected fees.
In the Blue Corner we have: 4 million CA drivers with suspended
Licenses due to unpaid fees.
Now at first glance it looks like Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed bout, but let’s take a closer look at the tale of the Tape.
Court ordered fees are bordering the equivalent of using Performance
Enhancing Substances in the sports world. When 100$ in fines turns into 490$ bail once all penalties are added to the base fines. How can the average person afford an increase,
almost 5 times the base amount. I believe that is the very root of the problem, where it all begins so to speak.
As American’s we fight for our rights so when the legal system we look to for justice looks to be robing us blind instinctively we rebel. It goes back to 5th grade history and unfair taxation by the British. Secondly the way in which we are levied the fine. In order to defend ourselves against the accusation of the officer we are required to pay the traffic ticket now listed as a bail amount including the penalties in in order to face our accuser in the form of the ticketing officer.
Most moving violations are merely traffic infractions only punishable by a fine, yet a criminal that has committed a felony crime can provide a minimum 10 percent of his bail amount in order to obtain freedom from incarceration until a trial date.
Let’s be real here that’s almost cruel and unusual punishment. And to say we don’t agree there are approximately 4 million drivers in California driving on a suspended license.
Now to be fair let’s not make it seem like yes and we I say we because I happen to be speaking from the angle of 1 in 4 Million. Are just rebelling against the system by all means if I were in the position to be held at ransom by the very legal system that I look to keep the world safe and free from all hurt harm and danger I would gladly pay the erroneous fines but let’s be realistic. I have to eat, pay my rent, car insurance, buy gas and live and I can’t say that I would happily go hungry homeless or GOD forbid I drive uninsured in CA and have my registration revoked (Yet in still I still carry uninsured motorist on my insurance, forgive me I got off subject.) just to
Pay a moving violation.
Now in the Blue Corner we have Deficit to the tune of approximately 10 Billion dollars in uncollected court fees. A term that has recently been thrown around by the Governor Jerry Brown is Ticket Amnesty. The thought process behind is to clear some of the older fines off the books and to get revenue rolling back into the traffic court system. Because Cops are doing their jobs daily secretly meeting the demands of their superior officers and they aren’t going to slow down anytime soon. But at the next level of the system the judicial system isn’t meeting it’s financial demands and as a result human beings are losing their jobs, courts are being furloughed and eventually closed all together and the economy isn’t gaining momentum at the same rate as the penalties being added to our traffic fines. The Governor sees that we are facing a catastrophe and in an attempt to advert it he is siding with the people and asking that we be given a discount to open the floodgates of revenue back into the court system. Which in theory is what any business would do to save itself even though they are still operating at a loss. Let’s be honest, everything in America is a business and the court in theory is a business that cannot fail. So why would the legislators fight against their own conglomerates If it were their salaries and their positions and the State House in need of revenue I’m sure they would all vote that allowing a discount on tickets that have been in the system unpaid over two years was as inventive as the Light bulb.
The former Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villarigosa tried Amnesty in 2011 unpaid fees were approximately 282 Million in the city of Los Angeles Alone. He allowed a 50% discount to get tickets that were three years or older to be paid at a reduced rate if done in the first ¼ of 2012. Jerry Browns Idea would take the Idea used in 2011 and previously before that in 2004 to another level giving the amnesty a fighting chance by allowing it for a period of 18 months and for tickets dated 2013 and earlier. It is an idea that I am sure the people would support by paying the fines that are crippling us financially as well as relieve the pressure and stress of seeing a police officer in our rearview mirror and reinstate millions of drivers at the same time funding the needed entities and employees of our Great State!
So in conclusion I don’t really think it’s a fight that no one wins, it’s a Fight where no one actually loses, revenue is raised and there are more licensed drivers on the road. Which is as I see it a Win Win for the state of California because that deficit number officially goes up every single day that traffic courts are open in the state.