[Rushtalk] Cops To Collect Traffic Fines On the Spot Via Credit or Debit Card

Stephen A. Frye s.frye at verizon.net
Tue Dec 2 14:52:32 MST 2014

I couldn't possibly care less what the motivation is when it comes to DUI's.
Get them off the road.  I think DUI's should be agonizingly fined, lose
driving privileges forever, and serve substantial jail time.


From: rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com [mailto:rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com] On
Behalf Of John A. Quayle
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:55 PM
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Subject: Re: [Rushtalk] Cops To Collect Traffic Fines On the Spot Via Credit
or Debit Card


At 09:41 AM 12/2/2014, Carl Spitzer wrote:

Proof tickets are not about public safety.

         And that includes DUI's as well............


Under Texas Bill, Cops To Collect Traffic Fines On the Spot Via Credit or
Debit Card 

November 12, 2014

Source: Adan Salazar



H.B. No. 121
121> , introduced on Monday by State Rep. Allen Fletcher, concerns "an
alternative means of payment of certain criminal fines and court costs." 

"Under the procedure, a peace officer making an arrest of a defendant (1)
shall inform the defendant of: (A) the possibility of making an immediate
payment of the fine and related court costs by use of a credit or debit
card; and (B) the defendant's available alternatives to making an immediate
payment," the bill, still in its initial phase, states.

The House bill goes on to explain that "a peace officer making an arrest of
a defendant: (2) may accept, on behalf of the court, the defendant's
immediate payment of the fine and related court costs by use of a credit or
debit card, after which the peace officer must release the defendant."

Backers of the bill may attempt to argue it merely provides an additional
method for the courts to expedite the collection of outstanding payments,
and may say it will free up jail space to be able to hold more criminal
offenders, or free up court dockets to deal with more important cases.

However, should the bill pass, it would deal a devastating blow to the
citizenry's right to due process, which among other things mandates an
appearance and assessment before a magistrate prior to a case proceeding to
trial, and would set the legal precedent wherein everyday police officers
would be empowered to take on the roles of judge, jury and executioner - and
charge "related court costs."

Not explicitly stated is the fact that, under the bill, traffic cops would
be required to carry around credit card swiping machines, in addition to
citizens' private credit or debit card information, which could open the
doors to a litany of personal security risks and liabilities.

If the bill were to pass, it would follow a disturbing trend set by other
states such as North Carolina, whose populace recently voted in favor of
passing a law permitting criminal defendants to waive their rights to a jury
al_Amendment_%282014%29> , allowing law enforcement to pressure them into
surrendering due process as part of a plea bargain.

In areas such as Tenaha, Texas, where cops were exposed to be running a
racket operation
758134.html>  tantamount to highway robbery, it would be much easier for
police to extract wealth from unsuspecting travelers who would rather pay
immediate fines than revisit an out-of-the-way small town for a trivial
court appearance.

Indeed, the passage of H.B. No. 121 would go a long way in destroying the
illusion that traffic cops work in the interest of public safety, and would
lay bare that the state leverages arbitrary traffic laws to fleece the
American public.

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