Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Unintended Consequences 

Turns out that Virginia thieves, I mean lawmakers, either ignored or were unaware of the experiences in New Jersey and Michigan regarding the imposition of bad driver fines in those states. The impact is to force thousands to become underground drivers, people who continue to drive but do not get licenses. A quarter of the 800,000 license suspensions issued each year in New Jersey are due to people not being able to pay their fines. In Michigan 40% of suspensions are because of non-payment. Of course, the fines supported by Democratic governors are highly regressive, falling heavily on the poor.

And after living in Virginia for 20 years I can tell you that this law will place an unbelievable burden on the court system because there is a police car literally on every block in that state.

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