Tuesday, July 17, 2007

ALERT for Virginia Drivers!!!

The assbags in the Virginia General Assembly have completely lost touch with reality. I'm convinced that to be qualified for a "leadership" position in this state, you have to have an IQ of 60 or a frontal labotomy. Either way, the citizens suffer. In the 2007 state budget, there was a shortfall of about $65mm that the Republican majority in Congress and the Democratic Governor (Tim Kaine) could not resolve. Instead of coming up with a reasonable situation, the state went and did this:

  • Car registration increased from $29.50 to $39.50 per vehicle.
  • Fine for driving with a suspended license: $250 per year for 3 years.
  • Fine for reckless/aggressive driving: $350 per year for 3 years.
  • Fine for DWI: $750 per year for 3 years.
  • Miscellaneous fine for driving violations (at officer's discretion): Additional $300 per year for 3 years.

According to the law, NONE of these fines can be appealed or reduced once given by the police officers on the street. While I respect law enforcement officers, they are not infallible. It is possible they will make a mistake that will cost someone a significant chunk of money. This factor is plain unacceptable. Also, Virginia is refusing to apply these fines to out of state drivers. Given the number of commuters and pass-throughs in the state, wouldn't it be prudent to apply these fines to them as well? Governor Kaine explained that Virginia didn't have the authority to fine out-of-state drivers that much. I think it's more a case that Virginia doesn't have the authority to follow up and collect on these fines. Instead, they're going to stupidly beat up on their own consituents. Blatantly retarded!

There is a petition out there where VA residents can voice their displeasure with these statutes. I have signed it, and over 100,000 other residents have followed suit. Act now and show these morons that there are easier ways to raise money without unfairly fining motorists.


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