California courts continue to shake down motorists for money

The more than 4 million traffic tickets handed out to Californians each year for such infractions as speeding, failing to stop at a red light or failing to signal before changing lanes should no longer be criminal charges, but instead be handled in civil court, says California’s top judge.

WTF? Ya think???

If other judicial leaders and state lawmakers agree with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, erring drivers would spend less time in court and would no longer face fines of up to $300, and possible license suspensions.

We’re not holding our breath.

The proposals from a judicial panel called the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System are the latest response to a torrent of driver’s license suspensions brought on indirectly by the court.

California’s feckless courts have routinely filled holes in their budgets by adding surcharges to traffic tickets — $490 to the standard $100 fine for a minor violation, like a broken taillight. When drivers miss payment deadlines, they face additional penalties and license suspensions.

It’s the brutality of the Police State. It hurts everyone, it crushes the poor.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle


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