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

Richard Whitenight rwhitenight2004 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 15:26:49 MST 2014


Totally agree Stephen.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Stephen A. Frye <s.frye at verizon.net> wrote:

> 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.
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> At 09:41 AM 12/2/2014, Carl Spitzer wrote:
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> Proof tickets are not about public safety.
> CWSIV
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> *And that includes DUI's as well............*
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> Under Texas Bill, Cops To Collect Traffic Fines On the Spot Via Credit or
> Debit Card
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> November 12, 2014
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> Source: Adan Salazar
> <http://www.infowars.com/under-texas-bill-cops-to-collect-traffic-fines-on-the-spot-via-credit-or-debit-card/>
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> http://www.blacklistednews.com/Under_Texas_Bill%2C_Cops_To_Collect_Traffic_Fines_On_the_Spot_Via_Credit_or_Debit_Card/39138/0/38/38/Y/M.html
> <http://www.blacklistednews.com/Under_Texas_Bill,_Cops_To_Collect_Traffic_Fines_On_the_Spot_Via_Credit_or_Debit_Card/39138/0/38/38/Y/M.html>
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> H.B. No. 121
> <http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB121>,
> introduced on Monday by State Rep. Allen Fletcher, concerns “an alternative
> means of payment of certain criminal fines and court costs.”
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> “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.
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> 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.”
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> 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.
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> 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.”
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> 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.
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> 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 trial
> <http://ballotpedia.org/North_Carolina_Criminal_Defendant_May_Waive_Jury_Trial_Amendment_%282014%29>,
> allowing law enforcement to pressure them into surrendering due process as
> part of a plea bargain.
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> In areas such as Tenaha, Texas, where cops were exposed to be running a
> racket operation
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/texas-police-shakedown-lawsuit_n_1758134.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.
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> 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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