New York Times
California Today: Tackling Some ‘Ridiculously High’ Traffic Fines
Sen. Hertzberg's SB 185 would make California the first state to assess traffic fines by income level
Today’s introduction comes from Thomas Fuller, our San Francisco bureau chief.
A bill in the State Legislature would make California the first state to assess traffic fines by income level: The poorer you are, the less you would pay.
The sponsor of the bill, State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, says California’s traffic fines are “ridiculously high” and unaffordable for low-income families. Many fines don’t get paid.
“It’s like trying to get blood out of a turnip,” Mr. Hertzberg, a Democrat, said. “It doesn’t work.”
An amnesty program that allowed violators to pay only a fraction of fees owed expired in March. It sought to chip away at California’s $10 billion in unpaid traffic fines.