They're not even trying to hide it

I posted last week about the new traffic laws in Virginia.  More details:

Virginia motorists convicted of minor traffic violations will face a new, multi-year tax beginning July 1. Led by state Delegate David B. Albo (R-Springfield), lawmakers slipped a driver responsibility tax into a larger transportation funding bill signed by Governor Tim Kaine (D) in April. Albo, a senior partner in the Albo & Oblon, LLP traffic law firm, can expect to see a significant increase in business as motorists seek to protect their wallet from traffic tickets that come with assessments of up to $3000 in addition to an annual point tax that tops out at $700 a year for as long as the points remain.

"The purpose of the civil remedial fees imposed in this section is to generate revenue," the new law states. (Virginia Code 46.2-206.1)

Driving as little as 15 MPH over the limit on an interstate highway now brings six license demerit points, a fine of up to $2500, up to one year in jail, and a new mandatory $1050 tax. The law also imposes an additional annual fee of up to $100 if a prior conviction leaves the motorist with a balance of eight demerit points, plus $75 for each additional point (up to $700 a year). The conviction in this example remains on the record for five years.Again, this is a ridiculous law that will clearly be enforced arbitrarily as nearly everyone goes over

As I stated before, this is a ridiculous penalty that will be enforced arbitrarily because everyone drives at least 15 MPH over the speed limit during rush hour on the DC Beltway and because it's not safe to go the speed limit.  Moreover, the penalty is completely out of proportion to the "crime" in question.

What got my attention though is the bolded (mine) sentence above.  They're not even trying to pretend that they're concerned with justice, safety, the American Way, etc.

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