MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

May 8, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Don’t raise fines to repair squad cars

I am writing today in regard to the proposed raise in the traffic fine increase. I think that is unfair and unjustified to raise the fines for traffic tickets to pay for the maintenance on the city’s police vehicles. I believe that this will increase the amount traffic stops just to fill a quota. The police do a good job and I am not trying to take that away from them.

We already pay property taxes, taxes on sales, water, etc. These monies should be sufficient to cover the said needed repairs.

Perhaps the repairs would not be so necessary if the police cars were not used so much for personal use. I often see officers dropping their children off at school, spouses off at work. Maybe if some of the cost were offset to the officer in charge of the car, they might look after them a little better. I am just saying. There has to be a better way than taking more money from people who are already struggling to pay the fines now. Have you ever sat in the city court to see how many people who are there because they have defaulted on the payment plan they agreed to? It's such a waste of money to keep returning them to court and resetting them a new plan.

Is the city really going to be making money on this? If they do increase the fines, the proceeds should go to repairing the roads, which are riddled with potholes and cause so much more damage to cars.

JAMIE WALLACE

Muskogee

1
Text Only
Opinion
AP Video
Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks