Traffic Tickets Increase Inequality
Traffic fines are rising and though they may be a minor nuisance for some people, for most Americans traffic tickets are a large…
Traffic fines are rising and though they may be a minor nuisance for some people, for most Americans traffic tickets are a large, unexpected and difficult to pay life-changing event. A recent report from the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights SF highlights some of these problems. More importantly, this report and other recent research points to the need for a more equitable fine assessment system as well as a fairer, more realistic way to allow drivers to pay these fines.
Why are traffic fines such a problem?
Because traffic fines can be VERY expensive
For instance, traffic fines in the state of California can involve late penalties as high as $300 per ticket, on top of up to an often $1000 pre-existing fine. That’s equivalent to the cost of buying a top of the line iPhone.
And if you can’t pay these fines … your license gets suspended
So what if a driver finds it difficult to pay down these expensive fines … guess what? The state usually suspends your l…