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Bad guys win while law-abiding citizens pay

Published: June 5, 2013

While going through a residential four-way stop in Oklahoma City, I didn't stop completely. A police officer gave me a ticket for $172 — $84 for the fine and $88 for the court cost. The fine would have been the same had I gone through the stop sign at 2 miles per hour or 25. The court cost is too high and is the same whether or not you appear at court in person.

Meanwhile, my wife's vehicle was rear-ended while waiting for a stop light at a busy intersection. She exchanged information with the other driver — name, address, telephone number and driver's license number. Except for the name, all the information he gave her was invalid. There was no current car insurance information in his pickup; the driver didn't own the vehicle. She did get a tag number, only to find that the pickup had been very recently reprocessed.

Upon looking at the court records, both the driver and vehicle owner had a long list of felonies. We called the police to inform them of this information, but apparently they could do little.

It's bad when someone who follows the rules of having insurance in his vehicle and buys his tag on time is fined an exorbitant amount for creeping through a stop sign while bad guys get off.

Richard Mitchem, Warr Acres


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