Safe-driving classes coming to sudden halt

  • Article by: Abby Simons , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 7:11 AM

Judge calls one program to keep tickets off records a legal trespass.

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jarlmnJan. 14, 1410:35 PM

Folks with fascistic tendencies like Drazkowski, who would allow no local law enforcement discretion, are the same type of folks that brought us the blatantly unconstitutional Implied Consent law for DWIs. Local Law Enforcement usta have the discretionary leeway to just call a cab for the first-time offender and royally chew them out a warning. That discretion was unjustly usurped by the state. So sure, lets be as punitive and Draconian as we can on traffic violators too! Just don't complain then, when your local police and sheriff end-up totally serving the State and Federal government, not the people.

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chuckdancerJan. 14, 1410:47 PM

A program of a local unit of government runs a program that is self sustaining at least and is sued by local government officials to stop it and they are praised by the local state representative for doing so. I take it that some people don't like each other.

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cwow11Jan. 15, 1412:24 AM

As someone who has been on both sides of the economic equation (and, thankfully, am now on the upside) -- I can say that this is a good thing. It shouldn't be ok that you can just buy yourself out of something that others cannot do -- especially when you're endangering other motorists.
Single parent with two jobs and no time to attend this class? Too bad. Can't afford the class fee? Too bad; your punishment is harsher than some CEO or spoiled teenager.
And it's telling that one of the first commenters to support these pay-for-forgiveness classes is also one of those people who apparently bristles at DWI laws. Angry about implied consent? Don't drink and drive.

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george13Jan. 15, 14 6:25 AM

It's clearly spelled out in this article that the class are less expensive than paying a ticket. How is that elitist in any way?

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reallyfolksJan. 15, 14 7:24 AM

The unanswered question here is are these offenders who go through the classes ultimately better drivers after the classes? Or are we fooling ourselves (and generating money for localities who are trying to make up for years of dwindling state aid funding) and letting those who have the time and money take classes and escape the consequences of their bad driving behavior?

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texas_technomanJan. 15, 14 7:45 AM

This type of class is common in many states. Usually one pays a reduced fine, and for the class, to keep their record clean. In Tx, you also had to not be stopped for the same violation for one year before your record was "cleaned", these things, in combination resulted in a,safer driver. Time for Mn to catch up.

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kkjerJan. 15, 14 8:03 AM

The law that makes this illegal just shows the stupidity of the legislators, and Drazkowsky is right at the top, however, he is member of the party of no so it is understandable. I remember all the way back in the 50's they had they had these classes.

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ltbsomnJan. 15, 14 8:10 AM

This really boils down to (as I have read in other related articles) is the state wasn't getting any revenue from the counties who had these driver classes. Isn't it just great? Now the state will have even MORE money to give to gangsters from New Jersey!

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ruphinaJan. 15, 14 8:29 AM

I actually went through this once. The cost of the class was a little more than the fine and it did take a night out of my life, but the cost savings on the insurance was WAY worth it. Therefore, I obviously agree with the classes and their purposes. The problem is I also totally understand that anyone, from and individual all the way to the President violating a law is bad for society. We must learn to separate our feelings about a particular law from the enforcement of that law. The correct procedure is to CHANGE the law, not violate it. Unfortunately, our legislatures, at every level, have gotten lazy and won't bother to do the work of fixing bad law. Don't complain about the person who sued, or try to make the un-defensible assertion that the counties should just break the law. If that is your stance, then why have laws? Bill G.

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johnmcfaddenJan. 15, 14 8:40 AM

pretty much proves on its face what we all already know: Traffic Law Enforcement is for the most part not about public safety. It's Always Been About The Money.

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