Tuesday, January 31, 2017


by Bob Walsh

OK, I grant you, that is a slight exaggeration, but only slight. SB405, by Bob Herzberg, Democrat-Socialist from VanNuys, would prohibit the suspension of a drivers license merely due to the fact that the driver declined to pay fines related to traffic offenses for which they had been found guilty.

The (alleged) problem is that poor people can't, or won't, pay traffic fines. It is therefore "unfair" to suspend their drivers licenses merely because they are too poor (or need to spend their money on diapers, or crack, or whatever) on other things rather than paying their traffic fines.

However, this law would only apply to "nonviolent" traffic offenses. As far as I know no traffic offenses are designated as violent by the legislature of the formerly great state of California so, if it is signed in to law, this would essentially wipe out the penalty for violation of any traffic law in California that does not otherwise warrant incarceration.

Damn, doesn't that notion just make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

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