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  •  You think only rich people speed? (5+ / 0-)

    I lost my license twice when I was younger... all due to excessive speeding.  Maryland revokes licenses at 15 points but the points don't hit until the conviction, so technically I got to 24 before the revocation hit and then I get busted twice for driving on a revoked license.

    And this "rich fuck" was a 21 year old dumb-ass driving a SATURN SL1.  ...Looking back, I'd say I was much more of a public menace then some attorney commuting to work everyday in his BMW 745 and should have been punished accordingly.

    My point is that wealth is not an indicator of moving violations.  Once could even argue that the person driving their brand new Maserati would be conscientious of anything happening to it while the person in the "beater car" has less disincentive to not do things like tailgate, roll through stop signs, speed, etc

    The indicators of speeding, as any insurance will tell you, are age, gender and past history.

    This is just an attempt to target people that own expensive cars in an attempt to squeeze more money out of them.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 08:51:39 AM PDT

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    •  Who said I thot only rich people speed? (1+ / 0-)
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      What a ridiculous response to what I said!

      There's lots of regularized fines in California, and they gleefully warn us on the signs: "Minimum Fine $422" etc....

      So the minimum fine for running a red light or driving in the diamond lane is $422, eh?

      I'll let our aging rocker continue....

         "....I got accountants to pay for it all...."
      $422 means a lot to me, to some Rich Fuck, or even a Silicon Valley Sorta-Rich Fuck, it means NOTHING.

      The purpose of fines is to deter, and Rich Fucks and Corporations are essentially immune to such deterrance, see NC's fine of $99,000 against Duke Energy for leaking coal residue into the river....

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:09:36 AM PDT

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      •  GAWD! A $99,000 would absolutely destroy our (1+ / 0-)
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        business. I don't know if we'd ever recover or not, surely could not pay it right away.

        And that's the point, isn't it?

        Duke Energy should be forced with that decision. The fines for the shit that went down in coal country the last little bit should be triple annual profits, or 30-50% of their market cap.

        Fines for extremely negligent or nefarious shit like this and LIBOR-esque financial shenanigans should threaten the corporation's livelihoods.

        It should be even odds, at best, whether the firm makes it or not. Heads should roll, departments should roll, the ship of profit should be dry-docked, refitted, restaffed and then sent back out to sea.

        Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

        by k9disc on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 09:41:26 AM PDT

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