There is the requisite feigned media outrage over the revelation that tickets written by city police get "fixed", or made to go away without a court appearance. What's so new or different about that ? In the stampede to write tickets and produce revenue, nobody who passes laws or dictates their enforcement gives any thought to mistakes, overzealousness, compassion, politics, hardship or a variety of other factors including connections. OK, there is a "Mr. Fix-It" office to handle these matters.
I am more concerned about these crazy ticket writing cameras that are just revenue shakedowns or the escalating fines being seen as a means of budget rescue.
As ticket writng quotas rise and lawmakers raise fines, the process of traffic law is becoming more shakedown than safety. If somebody's ticket gets fixed, that may be just one more injustice in an increasingly dubious system.
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