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How Petty Traffic Fines Ruin Lives in Milwaukee (and Everywhere in America)

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This Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article is a few weeks old, but just came to my attention. It is a valuable look at how petty law enforcement and a police/court culture of ticket revenue above all can severely mess up the lives of America's less-well-off.

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The story by Vivian Wang, like the best of city-identified newspapers, is close-focused on Milwaukee:

Driver's license suspensions have become one of Milwaukee's most widely used debt collection mechanisms for unpaid traffic fines, with municipal court issuing almost 48,000 suspensions for that reason in 2014 alone. The city accounted for more than 20% of Wisconsin's 200,000 failure-to-pay license suspensions last year, even though the entire county — the city and its suburbs — accounts for just 13% of the state's drivers, according to Department of Transportation records.

It starts with the story of a mother of five children, two under age 7, April Williams, who was hit with two tickets while in a grocery store parking lot, for broken taillight and driving without insurance.

Not paying those led to a license suspension she was unaware of since she was homeless and mail didn't reliably reach her. That then led to a ticket for that, as well as for expired plates.

An interesting look at how the city prioritizes its concerns, with its ability to get revenue from citizens prioritized above legitimate public safety concerns. Williams' two-year suspension for not paying tickets was:

 twice the amount of time for a driver who injures someone in a hit-and-run. And unlike hit-and-run drivers, people who don't pay aren't eligible for an occupational license that would let them drive to work or school.

The story points out that of course a lot of the fines are simply never paid and might even be officially written off, after causing severe damage to the ability to move about and get work of those with their licenses suspended, if they try to obey the law.

It also observes that if you are on the ball enough to get to court, there are potential mercies built into the system for those who can convince a judge they can't pay the fines all up front, and make 30 percent deposits plus payment plans.

And the ability to legally drive is pretty damn important:

2007 study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Employment and Training Institute followed a group of mothers for several months after they stopped receiving public assistance. Women who had not graduated from high school but did have a valid driver's license were more likely to be employed than women who had graduated from high school but did not have a license.

"These populations already have a number of barriers" to finding employment, said institute director John Pawasarat. "Put in a driver's license and it clearly made all the difference in the world."

But Milwaukee's municipal court judges have resisted efforts to reduce the frequency and length of license suspensions. In a 2013 email to Gramling, after he requested a more lenient suspension policy, court administrator Himle replied that any change in practice would not hold violators accountable for their unpaid fines.

"First and foremost, the judges stand by the fact that driving is a privilege and not a right," Himle wrote.

The racial angle:

In 2011, African-Americans received 69% of failure-to-pay suspensions in Milwaukee County despite making up only 19% of the county's licensed drivers, according to Pawasarat's research at UWM. Department of Transportation officials said they do not keep records by city.

In 2012, Pawasarat and fellow researcher Lois Quinn mapped license suspensions in the city by reason of conviction. People whose licenses were taken away for drunken driving were evenly distributed throughout Milwaukee. But failure-to-pay suspensions were densely packed into the city's six poorest ZIP codes, which contain overwhelmingly African-American populations….

And the absurd, essentially endless and subjective, range of reasons cops have for pulling you over can disparately impact people along racial lines:

Nichole Yunk Todd, director of policy and research for Wisconsin Community Services, added that she often sees African-American drivers who are ticketed only for offenses that aren't visible from outside the vehicle. That raises the question of why they were pulled over in the first place, Todd said.

Devron Hampton still doesn't know why he was pulled over in November while driving home from his shift at Buffalo Wild Wings. His ticket doesn't shed much light: He was cited only for operating while suspended, not for the way he was driving. Hampton had been suspended the year before because he didn't have money to pay off a ticket for expired plates. He couldn't pay this new ticket either. 

The story has other anecdotes of black Milwaukans being pulled over for no obvious reason.

And losing driving "privileges" isn't all that can happen from the piling on of petty tickets. Remember, we don't have debtors prison in the U.S. of Archie any longer; unless that debt is to the government.

State law allows municipal judges to do more than just suspend a driver's license for unpaid fines. They can also issue a warrant for the defendant's arrest. The next time he's pulled over, he could be taken to the county jail.

Each night in jail counts as $50 toward the unpaid fine. The driver stays until the debt is paid.

From 2008 to 2013, 22,739 people  or nearly 4,000 people per year  spent time in jail for failing to pay a fine and then not appearing in Milwaukee Municipal Court, according to a study by Pawasarat and another researcher. Twenty percent of the fines were traffic-related.

Well, the government needs that fine money, right? It's not just about hitting people while they are down or the grossest sort of petty control freakism. It's about cold, hard, cash, helping keep the government going for all the wonderful things it does. Right? Check this out: 

That group owed a collective $5.7 million in fines.

The total cost of detaining them, at $103 a night?

$10.2 million.

Read the whole very well-reported and very depressing story.

For some context on the public menace of people like April Williams, Let me quote from former Florida assistant public defender (and old college pal of mine) Tom Nordlie about people driving with suspended licenses, from an earlier article by me on "Petty Law Enforcement vs. the Poor."

"In the world of misdemeanor crimes, many offenses come about because people are impulsive, drug-addicted, cruel or avaricious," Nordlie says. "Most DWLS [driving with license suspended] cases don't happen for any of those reasons. DWLS cases come about because people are poor. Or, at the very least, because they don't manage their money well…DWLS is more strongly linked to economics than any other misdemeanor offense." It frequently occurred because of unpaid tickets, or lack of insurance.

"I had many clients tell me, 'I had to keep working to have a chance to raise the money I needed to fix this situation, and in order to work, I had to drive.' Bam. It's a DWLS charge waiting to happen."

Nordlie knows "there are situations where someone needs to stop driving, due to demonstrated incompetence or disregard for other peoples' safety, But in my experience, those situations represent only a small fraction of DWLS cases."

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  1. “First and foremost, the judges stand by the fact that driving is a privilege and not a right,”

    it should be a right

    1. Right to travel is absolutely real. But, of course, it was the government(s) that created so many of these “public” roadways, and in modern parlance, Public=Government.

      So, here we are. “Oh, sure you can drive. But not on public roadways, unless you agree to ALL of our rules…”

      1. It’s only fair, you didn’t build that!

        /sarc

      2. Traffic tickets, including red light cameras and speed cameras, are all just another way for government to steal from the people! You don’t see government crooks getting tickets.

    2. This is the presumption that needs changed.

      Driving is a right, not a privilege.

      Repeat over and over.

    3. Judges, are assholes. They never practice what they preach. And most are ex prosecutors. That’s why they always rule in favor of police and prosecutors, no matter what the circumstances. Police speed, tailgate, run traffic lights, and drink and drive all the time and get away with it. Same thing for politicians, prosecutors, and judges.

  2. Oh, so these guys can’t have occupational driver’s licenses, but hit-and-run drivers can?

    I looked it up, and here’s a summary of who might be able to get one of these licenses:

    “If you are a Wisconsin resident, you may be eligible to obtain an occupational license if your operating privilege was revoked or suspended under the following circumstances:

    “Under Ch. 343 Wis. Stats. [the drivers’ license section of the law]
    A drug conviction under s.961.50 (except juveniles).
    Nonpayment of child support under s.767.303.
    A Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) under Ch. 351?.”

    http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/…..ility.aspx

    And

    “?With an occupational license, you may drive:
    to and from work
    to and from school, college or university
    to and from places that you need to visit to maintain your household such as:
    ?grocery store or market
    pharmacy
    laundromat
    gas station
    to and from your church or place of worship
    to attend to necessary family needs such as medical appointments and Driver Safety Plan”

    http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/…..cense.aspx

    1. Wow, habitual traffic offenders are really hard-core guys, check out the serious traffic crimes listed – and you need multiple convictions to be a habitual traffic offender –

      To be fair, if you’re a habitual traffic offender, you *do* have to wait two years before petitioning for an occupational license.

      http://docs.legis.wisconsin.go…..atutes/351

  3. Wow, habitual traffic offenders are really hard-core guys, check out the serious traffic crimes listed – and you need multiple convictions to be a habitual traffic offender –

    To be fair, if you’re a habitual traffic offender, you *do* have to wait two years before petitioning for an occupational license.

    http://docs.legis.wisconsin.go…..atutes/351

    1. what the fuck are you smoking? I seen you posting for some time, but just lately you’re like some psycho maniac on crank. Don’t make too much out of it!

      1. I have no idea what your word salad means.

      2. I have no idea what your word salad means.

  4. OK, how’s this – if you are seriously delinquent in your traffic fines, your license gets downgraded to an occupational license. No more pleasure driving!

    Then, every month or so of blameless driving is equivalent to paying x amount of the fine, so that if you accumulate a clean record with your occupational license over a long enough period of time, the fine is forgiven.

    And no imprisonment for debt.

    OK, problem solved, where’s my McArthur Genius Grant?

    1. Wait, you want the courts and cops to operate without a substantial financial incentive to fine, ticket, and convict as many people as possible? What the hell are you thinking? You want us to be like Somalia.

  5. If you can’t do the time, don’t live in a place where they’ve made everything a fucking crime.

    1. Can you point me to someplace where that’s not true?

      1. Somewhere in the mid-northern Yukon Territory, maybe.

        1. But probably that’s only because there is a lower probability of being caught, not because there’s any place on the planet where everything isn’t a crime.

  6. File Under = “When All You Have is a Hammer…”

    Government Lawyers Insist = Throwing People In Jail is the Only Way To Avoid Misconduct

    “Yates wrote the guidelines but acknowledged challenges, including the possibility that some corporations may decide “that the benefits of consideration for cooperation with DOJ are not worth the costs of coughing up the high-level executives who perpetrated the misconduct.”

    Less corporate cooperation could mean fewer settlements, but “if that’s what happens, so be it,” Yates said, adding that accountability for individuals was the only way to truly deter corporate wrongdoing.”

    Says the person whose career is advanced by “High Profile” prosecutions instead of institutional compliance.

    Incentives, how do they work?

    Since all of this stupidity is supposedly motivated by ‘lack of accountability’ for the 2008 financial crisis… tell me – would/should Lloyd Blankfien, Jamie Dimon, and Dick Fuld gone to jail? and what role can anyone say they individually had in contributing to a systemic credit crisis?

    1. “…accountability for individuals was the only way to truly deter corporate wrongdoing.”

      I see he qualified that statement with ‘corporate’. I am gonna go out on a limb here and say that his position will shift 180 degrees if we start talking about qualified immunity for certain government agents.

  7. RoAdZ! can only be provided by top men through magical socialism that all of the sudden works and is efficient when it comes to certain things folks think are really complicated. Meanwhile they ignore all the other complicated things the market has already handled, and more efficiently to boot.

    1. But corporations ruthlessly pursue profits at any cost! Just imagine the horror if we let our roads be patrolled by private corporations: they would pull drivers over for dubious reasons, then give them tickets with hefty fines! It would turn into a racket through which this all-powerful organization squeezes money from citizens like highway bandits!

      Every day, I thank my lucky stars that we have government-run police departments who are kept strictly in line by the will of the voters and who never have their own personal financial gain in mind as they go about their jobs.

      /statist

  8. causing severe damage to the ability to move about and get work of those with their licenses suspended, if they try to obey the law.

    Of course, to survive as a low-income person without a license in many areas, you simply have to give up on obeying the law. Lack of a car can be life-destroying in the 99.9% of the U.S. that doesn’t have reliable, ubiquitous public transportation.

    Tell someone driving is a “privilege” when not driving means losing a job, then losing a home, maybe losing your kids.

    So they make a criminal of you and they hound you and slap fine after fine on you. Sounds like justice.

    1. Lack of a car can be life-destroying in the 99.9% of the U.S. that doesn’t have reliable, ubiquitous public transportation.

      Flyover peasants.

  9. How is the reality of living under such a system any different than living in a medieval fiefdom under some all powerful lord? Government at all levels exists for its own sake treating citizens like tax cattle, bleeding them as much as possible, sacrificing some but just enough not to kill off the entire body of citizenry.

    The situation is worse than the one we rebelled against in the first place. I forget, how did we get rid of that one?

    1. Cattle? You’re making me hungry.

      1. Tax cattle. I stole that from some other commenter, I forget who, but it is a good term.

        And yes, me too, dammit. I just pressure cooked sesame beef with added honey and brown sugar to be served over wild rice. It has…*runs to kitchen*…12 minutes left.

        1. Sounds delicious. I’m tucking into some red beans and rice and cornbread I just finished making.

        2. Spicy lemon garlic rotisserie chicken from the local mediterranean place. It’s too hot to cook right now.

          Yeah, there were side dishes, but those aren’t until tomorrow.

  10. You are nothing but food to these people.

  11. Would any of you Peanuts fill me in on the Jade Helm 15 Obama takeover of Texas? The Lamestream media won’t report on it.

    Please respond unless you’re fighting the Feds off right now.

    1. Lame. Do a few more lines and try again. This is possibly the weakest trolling I have ever seen. Are you in rehab?

      1. Not trolling. Why can’t I make fun of wingnut Conspiracy Theories on Reason.com? I’m still waiting for Obama to come confiscate all the Bibles, guns, and 401K’s.

        Ridiculing religion, government, and idiocy is my duty.

        1. Ridiculing government. Huh. Defending Obumbles and the democrats for every action no matter how egregious is a different definition of ‘ridicule’ than the one I am familiar with.

          Tell us again, what are the Iran deal talking points?

          1. I was very critical of Obama for McCain-Feingold, NCLB, Medicare Welfare Part D, the PATRIOT Act, NSA, TSA, American Dream Down Payment Act, the Iraq War, Afghan War, TARP, . ..

            Ohh , that was the other guy.

            OK, the ACA then.

            1. Almost all of those things were continued or expanded by your lord and master, you disingenuous fuck.

          2. Huh. You asked him about Obama, and he answered about…

            1. The Iran deal is great. The Bushpigs would have gone in guns-a-blazin’ by now. A couple of dozen US Generals support it. Only the warmonger chickenhawks didn’t.

              1. “The Iran deal is great.”

                Peace in our time ‘eh? Great.

              2. See my above comment. Weakest trolling ever.

              3. I’d like you to consider something:

                An action is not considered morally right because of how greatly it differs from some hypothetical universe in which BOOSH is still president.

                Please think about that.

                1. LOL!!!! Lacking any comprehension of the concepts contained in its streams of gibberish, shriek lacks the capability to consider anything!

                  You think you are arguing with it. From its perspective, it’s a cockroach, and your replies are little tasty sugar cubes.

                2. “Please think about that.”

                  Not going to happen with turd.

        2. I live in Texas…thus far I haven’t seen anything. I own plenty of guns still, I’d have to look hard but I’m sure I could find a Bible, and there’s not much in my 401K to take anyway…so I seriously doubt I’m the one they are after.

      2. He sounds upset that Obama didn’t take over Texas. I guess he truly is up the Lightbringer’s ass; all nice and comfortable up in there.

      3. It’s not sentient!

        When you interact with it, all you are doing is training it to do more of the stuff that annoys you.

  12. Buzzfeed thinks it’s bigoted to not want to have sex with someone who has HIV.

    I’m not making this up. They attack some random guy for saying he doesn’t want to have sex with people who are HIV positive on Grindr.

    1. Condoms are for hookers and sailors.

      1. ^^^^^Truth.

        I spent 6 years in the Navy. Double wrap that thing in Thailand.

    2. “I may have a deadly, communicable disease, but your pants are shit!”

      BUUUUUUURRRRRRRNNNNNNNNN!

      1. Dayum I got burrrned.

      2. trousers. In UK talk, pants is your undies.

    3. He’s actually like, “come on, it’s not like it’s infectious!”

      With that kind of healthy attitude, one wonders how he got HIV in the first place.

      1. Exactly my thought. If you’re the kind of guy who thinks getting HIV is no big deal, it’s truly shocking that you ended up HIV positive.

      2. By that standard, my Commanding Officer was justified in siccing Army CID on me for da gay after I told a female soldier to go fuck someone else.

        Said female soldier being Patient Zero for not one, but two outbreaks of the clap on post. Sorry, Captain, there are some things I won’t touch even with a rented dick.

    4. “Oh you still wear flared jeans? I’m not sure I’m ready for that kinda complication in my life”

      BURRRRN! And of course the twitterverse approves. FFS.

      1. Jeffrey Ross needs to take lessons from that guy!

    5. Man says he isn’t ready to deal with a life threatening, emotionally draining illness and is responded to with criticism of his fashion sense. Patrick Strudwick considers that a perfect slap down. I think maybe Pat knows more about this than he is admitting.

      The implication here is that the man is somehow obligated to take on the emotional burden and physical danger of the consequences of someone else’s problems that they likely brought onto themselves. A crucial part of getting people to make bad decisions is to remove any responsibility for those bad decisions.

      England is truly and thoroughly demoralized. I used to have some friends over there but since the early 90’s they descended into blithering idiocy. It was slow but very noticeable. Two of them at least descended into mental illness and homelessness.

      I know there are some decent, grounded people over there. Some of them post here. Some post on other sites. Why can’t we get more?

      1. Somebody in the comments section (yes, I waded out that far) mentioned that the author is close friends with the guy and was vehemently defending him on Facebook. Sites like Buzzfeed sure have sent journalistic integrity into oblivion.

    6. Someone doesn’t want to wear the ribbon.

    7. What are flared jeans?

      1. You don’t remember bell-bottoms? I thought you were closer to my age.

        1. I’m pretty sure Warty’s only in like 30. You’ve got a couple decades on him, big guy.

        2. Warty? He’s my little brother’s age. He wasn’t even born in the ’70s.

          1. No one over 40 could dead lift what he can.

    8. An incurable, highly communicable sexually-transmitted fatal disease is just like bad taste in trousers.

      Duh.

    9. What the fuck is wrong with these people?

      1. They all have aids?

  13. There’s no sugar coating it. I think America is clinically insane. Bah. What difference does it make at this point?

  14. I got nailed similarly about ten years ago. A cop pulled me over for running a red* and found out that my license had been suspended for – get this – failing to comply with emissions testing requirements. The best part was that this was on a van that I had sold the previous year. To show that government bureaucrats aren’t entirely the humorless dolts they so commonly appear to be, they continued to send the emissions testing notices to my old address despite the mail forwarding that I had requested through the post office. Luckily for me all it cost was a night in jail, but yeah, I totally sympathize with the people whose lives can be destroyed by something like this. In fairness to the drooling government fuck-brained half-wits though, how else are they going to justify their bloated assistance programs when the very people they purport to help no longer need them due to increased mobility?

    *I was driving my now ex-girlfriend’s sixties era Ford and it had just started drizzling. In the interest of not spinning uncontrollably through the intersection by locking up the brakes, I decided to blow the light.

    1. So, excessive speed for conditions, got it.

      /cop

    2. Hah! I was stopped at a red light when my car was hit from behind by a driver who did not stop in time; slow speed, no damage to either car NYPD witnessed it from half a block away. They came over and despite the exhortations of me and the other driver that we were fine and there was no damage and I had no interest in getting the insurance companies involved, they held us both there and demanded DLs and insurance. They said my NY DL was under suspension because my Florida license had been suspended in 2012… I haven’t had a Florida DL since 2005 when I moved to NYC and got a NY DL. They said it was probably an error and laughed, telling me “you’ll most likely beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride“. They then arrested me and wouldn’t even let me call my wife to arrange pick-up of our daughter from pre-school (to which I was enroute). 7 hours later I was released with a desk appearance ticket and had to miss a day of work to schlep down to Queens Criminal Court and have a magistrate tell me that is was a fucked up situation and my NY DL should not be under suspension and the charges are dropped and I was free to leave as soon as I ponied up $70.00 for ‘court costs’. Fuck NYC!

  15. The way Michelle Tafoya holds that mic frightens me.

  16. There’s a close-up camera shot of Brady between EVERY.SINGLE.FUCKING.PLAY

      1. Even if he has saggy balls.

        1. ****narrows one eye gaze****

  17. I’m against armed resistance to the U.S. government, just to be clear, but I am interested in this statement by Stewart Rhodes of the Oathkeepers, offering their assistance to Kim Davis. It’s not about teh gay, explaines Rhodes:

    “Now we see the rise of an imperial judiciary that not only legislates from the bench but is attempting to expand their “contempt” power to likewise swallow up our Bill of Rights and circumvent jury trial. Both methods are used to allow the powerful office holder to merely point his finger and have his opponent thrown behind bars without a grand jury indictment and without being found guilty by a jury of their peers. No innocent until proven guilty before a jury. Just “guilty” because the leader says so. That is a dictatorship, whether done by a president or by a judge. No one man should have that kind of power in his hands alone to decide guilt and impose a sentence of indefinite detention. Under our Constitution, that dictatorial power does not exist. We must stand against this. And so we will protect her and prevent it from happening again.”

    http://oathkeepers.org/okteste…..kim-davis/

    1. I have a hard time finding a good guy in that story. Or a smart one.

  18. Sometimes man you jsut have to run with it.

    http://www.Total-Privacy.tk

  19. I agree that we’ve had too much Trump coverage here, so

    Here you go

    Fast forward to :47

    1. Damn you Playa.

      *retch*

    2. “I. Am. Human. And. Friendly. Vote. For. Me.”

  20. Wow, I’ll bet enforcement of traffic laws is so hated that a Libertarian candidate could run for scrapping most of them…and still only get

      1. 20% laid

  21. I have Gronkowski on my fantasy team and I have a gigantic, totally heterosexual erection.

    1. Brady and Gronk here. Feeling very ashamed about that.

      1. So combined that’s what? 60 points?

      2. The cheating should help quite a bit.

    1. Just within the last day or two someone remarked about Harry Reid getting his ass whipped by a family member. ” I don’t understand how that happened. I mean, the man is a senator! ”

      I responded with ” Trailer park Harry? You really have no idea how trashy those people (politicians) are, do you? They are the scum of the earth. No matter how bad you think they are, they are worse by several orders of magnitude.”

      She didn’t really respond to that but I could see it was because of some cognitive dissonance. She wants to believe they are wise and dignified people, but abundant evidence points in the opposite direction. The next time I see her I will find out how well that all digested.

      Ambien is kicking in. Good night y’all.

      1. I might need to look into Ambien. My bedtime is highly variable, and I need it to not be.

        1. Seems kinda sketchy. Never know when you might have to get up in the middle of the night and run a chainsaw or sign some legal paperwork.

          1. And with Ambien, your a lot more likely to get up and do those things.

            You might not remember, though.

            1. “Not legally responsible”

              1. See, sketchy. You are legally responsible for what you do after taking drugs as prescribed unless you have a Kennedy-quality lawyer and are in a friendly jurisdiction.

                1. Yes to both.

                  But yeah, it’s probably not worth it. My brother has bad narcolepsy, and he takes some pretty gnarly stuff to stay asleep at night so he’ll stay awake during the day.

                  He has to sleep downstairs near the front door in case of a fire, so that his wife only has to drag him a few feet to get out of the house.

    2. Damn, it feels good to be a gangster, eh?
      It’s almost as bad-ass as hockey
      Icing all the hosers with my AK
      Posing for photos in my jockeys

      1. +1 Tim Hortons donut

  22. Ok, so in re the James Blake NYPD fiasco:

    He absolutely looks like the suspect, so the ID definitely wasn’t racist.

    The tackling him out of nowhere? Yeah, that was probably racist.

    http://www.tmz.com/2015/09/10/…..ect-photo/

    1. The tackling him out of nowhere? Yeah, that was probably racist.

      The NYPD doesn’t take down less swarthy suspects of similar size, age, condition, and crime the same way?

    2. I’m not certain whether they should be putting out the photo of what is now acknowledged to be an innocent suspect.

      1. Is it the right thing to do? Probably not.

        Legally, TMZ knows what they’re doing.

        1. I know they’re fully within their rights. Just wondering whether they ought to do it.

  23. I totally forgot that tomorrow is 9/11, thereby ruining TV, radio, and the internet. I wonder how many Reason posts there will be…

    LAST

    1. Remember, remember the 11th of September
      The airplane terrorist plot
      Let us make a pact, that this horrible act
      Shall never be forgot

  24. A quite good organization is: The National Motorist’s Association

    http://www.motorists.org/

    Long ago, they replaced AAA as a motorist’s best friend.

  25. In 2007 I was going through a major hard time in my life. My company had gone out of business and I was flat broke. I would work the occasional odd job and even waited outside Home Depot with the Mexicans (they hate that by the way) to get picked up to do construction work. I took every last cent home to the wife and kids for the food and bills.

    Eventually, my auto registration, inspection, and insurance ran out. I was pulled over one day while stopped at a stop sign because the officer noticed my expired tags on my car. I was taken to Jail for having 3 violations (registration, insurance, and inspection) all at once. Keep in mind, I didn’t have any moving violation…my only crime was not having the necessary money to keep my car legal. I had no money so I chose to sit it out in jail for 3 days until the judge finally released me with a “Time Served” and cleared me.

    The no insurance ticket then suspended my license…which hurt my opportunities of getting a real job… and I had to go through about a year of fine payments to get it reinstated. After my license was reinstated I was able to get a sales job and have since moved up through the company and am doing much better…but boy that was tough time in my life, ultimately more complicated by needless regulation.

  26. This needs to be fought to the SCOTUS level. (I know, $$$) Unlike the crap that the states push, you DO have a right to get to work and conduct commerce, and use the public roadways to do so. I believe there is actually a Supreme Court case that says that, so it’s not new law.

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