And you too shall know the crushing weight of hyperbole and fear

I think tomorrow’s commute will involve me setting my car on fire,driving it 200mph, and then jumping over the county line.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-HAW!

All while texting from my phone, of course.

Now why would I do something so totally awesome and fun sounding you may ask?

Because of this article A stop-and-go future for traffic tickets?

It warns that if the state budget for courts is cut by $6 million, as Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposes, courts would very likely be unable to prosecute parking and traffic offenses, which last year generated more than $16 million in revenue for Hennepin County cities.

That’s right, no traffic tix enforcement, but it get’s worse.

“We are hoping the Legislature and governor understand that justice needs funding,” said Minnetonka City Attorney Desyl Peterson. “If people knew the police officers were issuing speeding tickets but there were no consequences, there would be rampant lawlessness.”

That’s right, rampant lawlessness! Doesn’t the thought of no more speeding tickets just make you want to hold up a liquor store while wearing a lawless carrot costume?

All kidding aside, here’s my favorite part of the article: “In Minneapolis alone, the fines brought in more than $8 million to pay police salaries during 2008” and “Startled by the potential lost revenue, some cities, including Minneapolis…”

Hmm, kind of makes you wonder about the quota system the police always deny exists in any way, shape, or form.

Doesn’t it?

What kind of rampant lawlessness will you create when speeding and parking tickets are no longer enforced?

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5 Comments so far

  1. Brianne (brianne) on March 16th, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Seeing as I don’t drive… I think maybe I’ll just jaywalk more. ;)


  2. Liz (lizgiel) on March 16th, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    I’ll be parking on sidewalks in Minneapolis. Also, I no longer have to fight that burning desire to challenge others to drag races at stoplights.


  3. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on March 17th, 2009 @ 8:01 am

    "I think tomorrow’s commute will involve me setting my car on fire,driving it 200mph, and then jumping over the county line."

    As long as you are not smoking with kids insside, fine by me. (grin)

    BTW, that dubious "civil liberty" remains intact for one more year, as the cars and kids bill died in a Senate committee hearing last week.


  4. David (jacc) on March 17th, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    Brianne – Yes! Jaywalking is exactly the type of lawless mayhem we all fear will bring down society.

    Liz – Congratulations on your new rockstar parking spots! I find the sidewalk is also good for driving on.

    Bob – "that dubious "civil liberty" remains intact for one more year as the cars and kids bill died in a Senate committee hearing last week."

    Well, you did your part to keep it alive that’s for sure.

    I was about to say I haven’t had a cig since I was 16, but I did have one a bunch of years back during a horrid software launch that was making my work 75 hour weeks. Come to think of it, my cigar collection is starting to seem like just that, a collection. I didn’t even have a cigar on vacation. Le sigh


  5. greg on March 18th, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    Great post. All the more reason our state should stop passing nanny laws they can’t afford to enforce.

    I saw 4-5 different people get tickets for jaywalking in Austin, TX this week for SXSW. Those cops take crosswalks VERY seriously.



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