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Lake_front_max50

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

I just wondered if anyone has thoughts on the TX sur charge,,I don't know if other states have it. So I will try and explain. In Texas if you get a moving violation, you go to court, pay your fines,,,and up to 3 years to the court date you will receive a bill (sur charge) with fines according to infraction that you will pay for 3 years or you will loose your license, (mind you your court fines are paid and you are clear there) . If you fail to make these payments for the 3 years your license is suspended resulting in more sur charges...I hear all day long every day our local officers having to deal with people who have lost their right to drive due to this additional "tax'...it is an expensive world we live in, and sometimes the cost of an additional "tax" cause the lose of jobs due to the ability of the state to take your license for being unable to pay.. ..your thoughts?

0701071541_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

i guess they are so strict because they are trying to reduce moving violations.. i mean any moving violation could lead to an accident, which could also lead to death..but are we talking about huge fines for just 5mph or something?.. or are the huge fines more for the serious offenses?


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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

i guess they are so strict because they are trying to reduce moving violations.. i mean any moving violation could lead to an accident, which could also lead to death..but are we talking about huge fines for just 5mph or something?.. or are the huge fines more for the serious offenses?


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0701071541_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

i guess they are so strict because they are trying to reduce moving violations.. i mean any moving violation could lead to an accident, which could also lead to death..but are we talking about huge fines for just 5mph or something?.. or are the huge fines more for the serious offenses?


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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

My thought is move to another state. To me that is leaglized theft. You did the crime and paid your fine and now there is additional fee to an already paid for fine. This country is going to hell in a handbag.

Piper_icon_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

"To hell in a handbag" is a good way to describe it. That's what LEOs are for...we'll all end up there eventually, but a good LEO can try to slow society's trip down a little bit.

Trex_comp_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Hell, I'm in VA and they just started this thing too! I've heard someone's already taking it to the federal system. It's definitely outrageous but... ::: shruggs ::: wtf are we supposed to do? It's not in our hands. It's the judge. If the judge stamps it and says "charge em" the clerks gotta do it. If the judge doesn't, then they don't. ((mom's a court clerk now and that's about the jist of what I got from it.))

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Lake_front_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

the fines range from, $250.00 PER YEAR minor infractions ,,, up into the thousands when it comes to the more serious violations..the sur charge is assessed if a person looses 6 points on their license over a 3 year period.
The sur charge is cumulative ( if you fail to pay the sur charge on one infraction it keeps adding up as separate infractions more years payments).. Point being if someone is having a financial hardship, looses insurance , pays fines , reinstates insurance at much higher rate..they are going to receive a letter out of the blue up to 3 years later stating you owe this much by this date or your license will be suspended till it is paid. ..This is taxation without representation and they have found a new way around the word TAX (people get a say in that ) and used Sur Charge instead. Every day is a huge financial struggle for some people. A ticket and a court date is going to cost.......and a person that took care of their business when it happened,,,, is going to get a nice little surprise in the mail 3 years later....

11_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Doing you job is well...Doing your job. You take your orders and follow through with them. It's not your duty to question them nor try to change them. To me it gets alittle out of hand when they use the law and the LEO who enforces the law to generate a cash flow. I mean it has to be in the back of your mind when you are writing the guy. "Not only does this guy have to pay the initial ticket but well he's going to be strapped to us for the next three years." Holding a persons license hostage until you drain them of their cash to me is wrong. Tickets create cash flows for budgets, and it should. New cruisers, weapons, salaries, protective gear etc. Need to be purchased with this money. But when You see a Texas LEO or VA LEO Running around in outdated gear where is the money going?

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Lake_front_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

I am not sure where the funds go...that has not been explained. It does put people in dire straits, when your job requires you to have a license and funds run short...the job or feed my family..heck of a choice to have to make.
Our county has just now got our officers in new vests..the older out dated ones are just now being replaced and there was a big uproar when the county didn't (have) want to spend the funds.....Go figure......