After action report on, Officer Dickhead meets Citizen Hothead.
I mentioned in that post I intended to torture them before they got my money. We settled last Friday. My file had some twenty pages.
The rationale for traffic citations is to change the scofflaw’s driving habits and attitude. That may be true for some officers, they being the ones who deal with the physical carnage, but for the courts it is all about revenue. Example. In Weld County, CO should you be ordered by the courts to perform xxxxx hours of “useful public service”, you can take the hours times the prevailing minimum wage, write a check, and walk away. (Yes, I know because I’ve done it – thirty over reduced to driving faster than road conditions, and many, many benjis)
My torture program, over time, involved three city attorneys, a judge and recorder, several clerks and summons to court for the officers involved. Yes, I know the officers get paid. Yes, I know that involves scheduling problems. Since I settled the matter four days before the court date my bet is the clerks didn’t notify the officers in a timely manner and they will show up tomorrow.
Remember I said it was all about revenue? My original fine went from $155 to $172. Points against my license went from four to two.
I may not have the negotiating skills of an attorney. Several decades of sales and the car biz left me with some. Along with those, I’m seldom intimidated.
Very well WSF you are saying. What about all the time you spent? Hell, I’m semi retired. Time spent doing this kept me out of bars.