Monday, January 3, 2011

Traffic Tickets: Multi Billion Dollar Business

> Sent to me from Kathy (please don't ask why).
> Excerpts:
> "Traffic tickets  are a multi-billion industry. They have virtually nothing to do with highway safety, but they have everything to do with money."
> "[Y]ou begin to understand why this unethical system continues to expand every year."
> "Many local units of government deliberately hide this information so they don’t have to split their traffic ticket revenue with the state."
> "[Y]ou can add another $3.75 to $7.5 billion dollars in profit for insurance companies. This is why
> insurance companies “care” so much about traffic “safety” programs and are
> willing to donate millions of dollars worth of radar and laser guns to
> the police. For them, it’s simple: more tickets equal more money!"
> "Local government encourage traffic enforcement practices that rip off travelers to support local government services and to reward government employees. Yet these hypocrisies go largely unnoticed."
> One strategy they use: "Keep the
> ticket prices below the pain threshold that would compel motorists to
> aggressively contest traffic citations in court." 
> A few solutions are outlined in the article. And : "Until these changes are made, you should forget the general notion that traffic tickets are fair and traffic courts are just. The entire system focuses on maximizing income. That’s why most of the people who seriously contest a traffic ticket either win or are offered an good plea bargain. They don’t want anyone “making waves“, that would cost them money.
> C.

Thanks to my Uncle for sending this. Sorry everyone for the crappy format of the text. I'm on the road sharing this from my iPad!

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