Sunday, July 13, 2014

Drivers Get Screwed Over Constantly in America

Source: VICE

... fundamentally corrupt traffic enforcement regimes across the US ... threaten the privacy of virtually every driver on the road. Most anyone with even limited driving experience can attest, with at least a half-dozen personal anecdotes, to the absurdity of police traffic enforcement tactics. This perception of unfairness ultimately feeds into the broad-based cynicism toward and alienation from government that modern (especially young) Americans frequently exhibit.
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Traffic stops may generally be initiated for any reason at any time, regardless of whether the suspect has committed any ticketable moving violations.
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... for many, penalties incurred for vehicular offenses have a ruinous financial impact. Aggressive traffic enforcement tactics inevitably bear down disparately on the poor and marginal ...
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As municipalities across the country struggle with continual budget shortfalls, jacking up fines is a tempting way for local officials plug the gaps.

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