In California, getting a traffic ticket is a criminal offense

WTF? Did you know getting a ticket in California is a criminal offense?

California’s court leaders plan to send the Legislature a proposal to make traffic violations civil offenses, removing them from the criminal arena.

The proposal, strongly backed by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, is in the drafting stage. Court leaders hope to work with the Legislature next year to adopt a final plan.

Cantil-Sakauye said the intention is to have minor traffic citations “decided in civil court, so the penalties, the consequences, and maybe the emotions, won’t run so high.”

Ya think!

“It will be reasonable and fair, and we can look to making sure it’s not unduly burdensome on the poor,” the chief justice said at a meeting of court leaders.

That’s pretty funny…as if California leaders actually care about the poor.

More than 4 million traffic tickets are given in California each year, and more than 70% of the state’s criminal cases involve those citations.

Several other states handle traffic infractions as civil matters. California however is enamored with the Police State. So every citizen is the enemy.

Source: LA Times

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