Low-income CA drivers could pay less for traffic citations

If you go through a red light, under this plan by Guv Newsom, you will be fined based on your income, not the crime committed.  So, if a rich person robs a bank, they get a longer prison term than a poor person that robs a bank.  Inequality?  Newsom is the King of double standards.

“Traffic fines are meant to be a deterrent, but now California Governor Gavin Newsom is saying the fines and other added fees are getting too high.

“They should be held accountable… but if it is a speeding ticket going eight miles over the speed limit- I think you should get a break,” said David Murcia, a Santa Maria resident.

In his latest budget proposal, Governor Newsom wants to expand a pilot program that lowers traffic fines.

It could mean those who make less than about $26,000 a year will only pay half of what other drivers pay and allow them to make payments.

My guess is that this is unconstitutional, treating law breakers based on income, not violation.  Just another Democrat attempt to excuse people violating the law.  Sick.

Low-income CA drivers could pay less for traffic citations

By: Alex Gonzalez, KSBY, 1/15/20 

Traffic fines are meant to be a deterrent, but now California Governor Gavin Newsom is saying the fines and other added fees are getting too high.

“They should be held accountable… but if it is a speeding ticket going eight miles over the speed limit- I think you should get a break,” said David Murcia, a Santa Maria resident.

In his latest budget proposal, Governor Newsom wants to expand a pilot program that lowers traffic fines.

It could mean those who make less than about $26,000 a year will only pay half of what other drivers pay and allow them to make payments.

A recent study found that high fines led to drivers simply not paying them, which means less money for the state and more people at risk of having their license suspended.

A pilot program was started in four counties to test out the low income fine reductions.

“They are pretty extreme on a lot of the fines for the citations… and I would be more inclined to pay mine if they were reasonable,” said Rory Medlin, an Oceano resident.

Even though it was not part of the pilot program, San Luis Obispo County already has an ability to pay program set in place.

The local program uses a person’s financial history to determine fine reductions, and the new state-wide proposal is similar.

The governor said the program is a first step toward undoing the effect of extra fees and assessments tacked onto the base traffic fines.

The fines for traffic violations have not increased, but more and more fees designed to supplement the general fund have increased dramatically.

According to the budget proposal, in most counties not stopping for a red light will cost about $500.00… only $100.00 of that represent that actual traffic fine, the rest is made up of various fees.

The California Highway Patrol and the Santa Maria Police Department tell KSBY that if and when the proposal gets put into place, it will not change who gets a citation or how they are issued.

If approved, the judicial council will implement the program which will be phased in with multiple counties joining each year

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Comments

  1. Another example of more stupidity out of Sacramento, the democrat party has done nothing but divide America.

    The police say they will issue citations in the same manner for everyone which is a bunch of BS, now they want to reduce fines for low income people. That’s fine but, the reduced fines will not pay their pensions. Also, if a person pays a lower fine, they should have more points taken off of their license, they should not be allowed to get away scot free.

    The police departments in California have become the iron fist for the Democrat social agenda. If you want to see a real law enforcement officer go to you https://Youtu.be/bgEj1aBPF0M

  2. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    ” Innocent Until Proven Guilty”
    “Equal Justice Under Law”
    Just two examples, along with the Constitution and Bill of Rights, that the societal Cancer Spreading Democraps REJECT and seek to DESTROY. The “win at all costs, #@$% the rules !” mentality shows they long ago crossed the line from political party to CULT. I don’t know which cure will work on this disease, but obviously something stronger is needed than what exists now.

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