Wait, wait wait....
Isn't the point of the fine, to enforce the concept of SAFETY?
Some places do consider safety a goal.
If safety is a goal you make the fine large enough to cause the offender some
But wait if you earn millions and the next guy makes hundreds this very much
levels the field of pain.
One troubling problem with traffic fines is the sum and the finances of most
receiving the fine are upside down and the disenfranchised have insufficient
resources to fight the systematic problems with many traffic laws and their
A fine this large justifies legal attention and a side effect is that the judge
will see improved defense and review of the law.
Yes, I think it is outrageous but then I do not earn millions.
My gut instinct is that this is the kernel of some improvement
to the gross abuses that some traffic enforcement programs finance
The next obvious to me abusive process is the photo citations and escalating
fail to appear bench warrant processes farmed out to civilian contracts.
The citation is often waved for want of evidence but the fail to appear
is self-proving and can be isolated from the initial systematic fraud.