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K'Tesh
05-27-2010, 11:24 AM
I came up with this idea while playing dodge car the other day...

Traffic Fines double if a hand held cell phone is in use at a Motor Vehicle Collision.

I wonder how many drivers might think twice if the Vulnerable User Law suddenly doubled in penalties.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2607/3779613277_669344a98c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/sets/72157621794057469/)
Photo taken just after the (on the phone) driver of this car caused a cyclist to crash (thread (http://www.bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3182))

Rubberside Down!
K'Tesh

Spiffy
05-27-2010, 12:53 PM
it's not a new idea, sorry... it's a fear tactic that unfortunately does often work... fear controls us...

I always thought that if they increases ALL fines by at least 3x then people might take driving more seriously...

maybe...

but I doubt it...

and who would ever argue against higher fines? you would just be outing yourself as a bad driver if you opposed higher fines...

so let's at least triple all traffic fines... bankrupt the bad drivers and force them into the pedestrian and cycling world they despise and see how they feel when the tables are turned...

canuck
05-27-2010, 01:40 PM
Triple, quadurple do what you want, they won't get paid.

How many bench warrants are out there right now for people who haven't paid their tickets?

Increasing the price won't make a difference.

The province of Ontario is owed $1 billion in outstanding fines.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/810608--1-billion-in-unpaid-traffic-tickets-in-ontario?bn=1

DaveT
06-02-2010, 05:06 PM
The biggest issue with prosecuting drivers that cause a crash seems to be proving what the driver was thinking (were they reckless, or just not paying attention?). So why don't we change the law to say that committing a moving violation immediately before or during a crash is considered proof of recklessness. So if you are texting, or speeding, or passing illegally, and you cause a crash, you are -- by definition -- guilty of recklessly endangering others. This would elevate your crime to a felony.