Don't move to Virginia... and move out if you live there!!!!

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  1. Macktee

    Macktee New Member

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    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/18/1818.asp


    Virginia Introduces $3550 Speeding Ticket

    Virginia legislator introduces new speeding ticket tax that boosts penalties beyond $3550, driving business to his traffic law firm.

    Virginia motorists convicted of minor traffic violations will face a new, multi-year tax beginning July 1.

    Led by state Delegate David B. Albo (R-Springfield), lawmakers slipped a driver responsibility tax into a larger transportation funding bill signed by Governor Tim Kaine (D) in April. Albo, a senior partner in the Albo & Oblon, LLP traffic law firm, can expect to see a significant increase in business as motorists seek to protect their wallet from traffic tickets that come with assessments of up to $3000 in addition to an annual point tax that tops out at $700 a year for as long as the points remain.

    "The purpose of the civil remedial fees imposed in this section is to generate revenue," the new law states. (Virginia Code 46.2-206.1)

    Driving as little as 15 MPH over the limit on an interstate highway now brings six license demerit points, a fine of up to $2500, up to one year in jail, and a new mandatory $1050 tax. The law also imposes an additional annual fee of up to $100 if a prior conviction leaves the motorist with a balance of eight demerit points, plus $75 for each additional point (up to $700 a year). The conviction in this example remains on the record for five years.

    Other six-point convictions include "failing to give a proper signal," "passing a school bus" or "driving with an obstructed view." The same $1050 assessment applies, but the conviction remains on the record for eleven years.

    Although the amount of the tax can add up quickly, the law forbids judges from reducing or suspending it in any way. The tax applies only to Virginia residents, so that out-of-state motorists only need to pay the regular ticket amount. Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Texas also impose a somewhat more modest driver responsibility tax which they apply to out-of-state residents.

    The Virginia Supreme Court provides a full explanation of the new penalties for each traffic infraction in the 34k PDF file at the source link below.

    Source: Civil Remedial Fees (Executive Secretary, Virginia Supreme Court, 6/21/2007)

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    Holy Crap!!!

    All I can say is... :puke:





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  2. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Re: Don't move to Virginia... and move out if you live there

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  3. CoolHand

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    Let the lynchings begin.....

    Seriously though, I'm amazed that every time I vote it seems there's another proposal on the ballot to tack on another $1-$500 "fee" onto DUI's, speeding tickets, etc... for this or that "worthy" reason. I always vote no but these measures always seem to pass.

    I know several people who've voted for these things that later had the privelege of paying these added fee's. That changed their minds about them but then it was too late.
     
  4. legacy38

    legacy38 Well-Known Member

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    People complain about tax rates all of the time, but specific SPLOST proposals always seem to pass, probably because the spending is more specifically outlined and it is more localized.
     
  5. Sine Nomen

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    That's horrendous! And I thought all my legal fees were bad. By their system, I would have paid more than my total accumulated income, just on traffic tickets!!
     
  6. Dan H

    Dan H New Member

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    Way to go VA, way to keep generating revenue you bastards...

    Lets just fine and tax the hell out of people in this country, seems like a great idea... Keep it up...
     
  7. Purge

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    When I lived in VA the DMV put my SSN as my license number. I went ballistic on them to change it. The DMV wanted to charge me more money to do it, but I made a seen and they change it real fast. Also, stores were asking for my SSN whenever I bought something and of course I refused.