August 23rd, 2012

Speeding Ticket in Milwaukie, Oregon

I got a speeding ticket in May of this year from an automated machine sitting on the side of the road. The ticket did not reach my mailbox until early August. My follow up court date was yesterday.

This was the first time I was in court for a moving violation since I was 16 years old. (39 now) I listened to perhaps 30 cases go before mine came up. The whole system appears to be a waste of peoples time, creates no value in our community, and charges fines to many folks who just can’t afford it.

Are the roads safer because of these automated speeding tickets?

Is Milwaukie Safer/Better because code violation officers are walking around fining homeowners whose shrubs go over the property line?

Government has it’s place, I understand. But this appeared to be a money laundering operation. The judge went through each case in about 1 or 2 minutes. Always “lowered” the fine to $120, $160 or $250. By my calculations they are generating in the neighborhood of $10,000/hour. A few bored/miserable government workers get a job, while many hard working or folks who don’t have much are inconvienenced and charged these “fines” while be talked down to by the judge in his disrespectful condescending tone.

It’s just a sad thing to see.

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