The other day I had to go to downtown Elyria. I don’t often go downtown, I usually drive around it on Route 57. As I was getting close to town my phone rang. I had the phone in my front pocket and I had to unbuckle my seatbelt to get it out. I looked at the number and didn’t recognize it so I hit the speakerphone button and the conversation went thusly:
Me: Do I sound like Alice?
Them: No, is Alice there?
Me: I’m sorry but you have the wrong number.
Them: Ok, tell Alice to call me.
Me: Will do.
I tossed the phone on the seat next to me and just as I was about to rebuckle my seatbelt lights and sirens went off. I looked in the mirror and it was Elyria’s finest. I pulled over and the cop told me that the speed changed from thirty-five to twenty-five so I was going nine miles over the speed limit.
He asked if I’d had any tickets lately and I said no. He went to his patrol car and a few minutes later told me he wasn’t going to give me a ticket for the speeding but instead one for not wearing my seat belt. I tried to talk my way out but to no avail. Oh well.
I drove to the courthouse to get it over with and was told it was $111.oo!! I was friendly so the guy at the counter told me that it was the lowest ticket they had. That just getting in an accident cost $219.00. I was surprised and annoyed.
Here comes a political rant. Stop reading now if you don’t want to read it.
Taxes are by and large progressive. If you make a million a year you pay more than if you make twenty thousand. When you give tax breaks to the rich you are taking money away from local governments so they have to raise fees, like my ticket.
A ten dollar fee added to your license plate is no big deal to a person making one hundred thousand a year but to a poor working slob making just above minimum wage it hurts. Plus the purpose of the police is not to generate revenue.
I’m not complaining about getting the ticket. I’ve only received a few in my thirty-eight years of driving. Mostly because I use cruise control whenever I can.
I read an article years ago about the push from the rich from taxes to fees and the article stuck. It’s unfair to fund government, both local and national, off the backs of the working class.
I’ve had my say. If this annoys you go read my bologna story. That’ll make you feel better.