Some drivers find that cash can make the ticket go away

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE and GLENN , Howatt
  • Updated: April 16, 2012 - 11:57 AM

In some Minnesota cities, often for a fee, prosecutors let lead-footed motorists keep their records clean.

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taftjMar. 24, 1211:29 PM

what's the big deal? a traffic ticket is (technically) you being charged with a crime...you agree to pay court cost and get put on probation for the offense, and if you don't get another ticket within a certain amount of time, it doesn't go on your record...you still get pulled over, you still have to pay "costs"...which magically come to about the same price as the ticket...and you still have to wait in line at the government center to do this...if this is what it's come to, an article about how people dispatch of their traffic offenses, I don't know what to say...

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tmwinkel1Mar. 24, 1211:30 PM

" It's a loophole," said Jeff Hochstein, a 43-year-old self-described habitual speeder, who said he has sought and received the deal several times throughout his driving career in an attempt to keep his insurance rates lower..." //////////// How about this, slow the hell down! Yes, people speed, I understand this but "several times"?

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jcinmnMar. 24, 1211:41 PM

Is it a good way to raise revenue for the county or an expensive way? What if I'm killed by a driver who bought a clean record? Will my widow be able to find out that the county extorted money from this driver? Will she be able to sue the county for pain and suffering due to my death or will she simply wind up a widow? Where is the punishment for breaking the law? Where is there a lesson learned. What happened to the "point system" when multiple offenses cost drivers their "privledge"?

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truthtopowerMar. 25, 1212:37 AM

What needs to be acknowledged here is that municipalities care more about the revenue than they do about safety. Safety is just the wedge that gets them into your wallet. Our whole system is a mess because of stupidity like this. Set the speed limits appropriately and without an eye towards revenue enhancement, enforce the laws against the truly reckless, and stop the endless legalized theft!

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eej003Mar. 25, 1212:52 AM

The easiest way to fix this loophole would be to greatly expand the probationary period where they can't have another violation. If these people really are just getting a break for their occasional violation of speeding laws, they shouldn't have a problem with having a 2-5 year probationary period. That would weed out the people who are abusing the current rules, and allow those who really did have an isolated incident not have their rates go up. Of course, such a common sense solution won't exist, because this is clearly a money grab by the local governments and not related at all to public safety and insurance rates.

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HarryWildMar. 25, 12 2:35 AM

Those who are smart - pay more to get lower insurance rates in the future. It a business deal!

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texas_technomanMar. 25, 12 4:20 AM

Used to be, in Chicago, you just taped a $50 bill to the back of your license...settled up right there with the officer...no wasting your time in court. Makes for a smaller government.......

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bironMar. 25, 12 4:33 AM

I've used the loophole in the past - over ten years ago when I had a decent car. Now I drive a minivan and I never have to worry about getting a speeding ticket because it just won't go that fast. These days I'm much more worried about texting drivers. I'm still using my 5 year old Razor phone so I will never be tempted to text while driving.

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chuckdancerMar. 25, 12 4:38 AM

..."The state tacks on a $75 surcharge for the general fund."...***************************** ********************************************************************************************** Who came up with this charge and when? I don't see how this would be related to the crime?

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MickeyMar. 25, 12 5:46 AM

Is this trickle down from the Obama administration that ignores the Constitution and could care less about the laws of this country? All forms of local government need money and this is a way to get it legal or not. Has the DOJ ordered that some people get a pass while others don't?

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