It seems that local and state governments are using the police and courts to indirectly tax us through excessive penalties for minor infractions. Examples: $250 cost for a registration lapse, $300 for a seatbelt infraction, a friend with a $450 cost associated with a speed trap (going 37 in a 25-mph zone). Hold drivers accountable but the revenue being generated seems more like a backdoor tax than a fair penalty for minor traffic violations. These agencies are finding ways to fund their departments in ways that undermine respect for the system.
Excessive penalties for minor infractions
by Dear Peeved