High traffic fines

Posted Friday, Mar. 01, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The average traffic fine today is between $200 and $300. That is a week's pay for a person making minimum wage.

If that person has to make a choice between buying groceries for their family or paying the city of Fort Worth, guess which one they are going to pay?

Mayor Price said, "The easier it is to pay, the more likely they are to pay their tickets" (See: "City set to close 670,000 cases," Feb. 20).

The city stated, "If they cannot pay the fine, they can do community service."

Lower these fines to, say, $50, and the city might be amazed when collections go up and past due amounts go down.

But that will not happen. Governments realize millions of dollars in revenue from tickets.

The state and police departments claim tickets are issued for safety reasons and not for revenue. It is about money.

-- Richard Eason, Rio Vista

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