To Serve, To Protect, To COLLECT
Have you received a speeding ticket lately? Do you have any IDEA how expensive they are?!
I was on my way home from after a 750 mile round-trip to visit my parents. In the home stretch -- just 45 minutes away from home -- I was zipping over the Grapevine at 83 mph (in a 65 mph zone -- I know, I know) when I saw a cop ahead of me. I slowed down to the speed limit. The offending officer, Officer CALLAHAN (NO JOKE!!!!!), pulled me over anyway because APPARENTLY the po-po radar can detect speeders BEHIND THEM. I had no idea! D'OH!!!!
Seeing as I haven't had a speeding ticket in 20+ years, I wasn't sure how much the ticket would cost, but I figured it would probably be $180 or $200. Something like that. Well SURPRISE SURPRISE, the ticket finally came in the mail and it was actually $367! Plus $64 to attend Traffic School so that my insurance isn't adversely affected! Plus the Traffic School FEE. Plus a $10 "e-Public Access service fee" if paying by credit card! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Who can afford that?!?!?!??!?!? HIGHWAY ROBBERY!!!! I realize this whole stupid situation could have been avoided if I followed the rules, but CRIPES! It just seems like the city, county, state and country are so BROKE that they find any way to fine the citizens as much as possible! Blargh!
I was crying the blues about this situation to my co-workers when one of them asked me if I had heard about the newly revised parking ticket rates in the City of Los Angeles. Of course I had no idea, but I was aghast when I saw this complete list of parking fines for my fair city. Here are some of the new rates:
- Obstructing handicap spot or misusing disabled parking placard: $363
- Parking in a bus zone: $293
- Red zone parking: $93
- Street sweeping violation: $73
- Overnight parking fine: $68
- Parking on a bridge or in a tunnel: $68
- Expired meter: $63
DRIVER BEWARE! This city is flat busted (and your city probably is too) and hoping to make a dent in the city's $238 million budget deficit by collecting every cent possible from its citizens! PROCEED WITH CAUTION!