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Spending money first on lowering speeding tickets runs counter to the Mayor's and Council's own commitments to fund key programs with the first available resources.

The reason for lowering fines is that the punishment is disproportionate to the crime. Basically, the level of fine is unfair. It seems reasonable to spend available money correcting an injustice before spending it on key programs.

If you don't agree with that, you could always raise additional money by instituting new unjust punishments/enforcement. For example, I'm sure lots of money could be raised by strictly enforcing public drunkenness laws in DC. In DC, you can actually be fined for having an open container on private residential property, like a backyard BBQ, so there's tons of revenue to be had there. Or, what about strictly enforcing DC's law against photographers spending more than 5 minutes at a location? That should be a serious money maker with all the tourists around.

by Falls Church on Nov 19, 2012 1:59 pm • linkreport

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