I know I’ve been slacking of late and I apologize. I’m still working a ton in anticipation of a glorious six weeks off when Baby MC arrives. Consequently, I’m friggin’ exhausted by the end of the day. The end of the week? Forget it. I seem to have forgotten which day the week starts on and which day it ends on.
As if politics isn’t enough of a hobgoblin these days, here’s this weeks question from Mr. J:
So, hereâ€™s a Saturday question for you. Can we solve the budget crisis by having the police aggressively enforcing the requirement to have a front license displayed on vehicles? It seems that at least 10 to 20 percent of the cars I see on the road during my commute do not have a front license plate. Many of the car dealerships arenâ€™t even putting license plate holders on the front of new cars. It seems to me that with penalties, assessments and the like cities and counties could raise amoumt of money. What say you?
Well, Mr. J, I say you’ve an interesting point. The State of California is indeed in dire need of funds. You are not the first to bring it up. I’ve actually heard it a few times recently on car stops. Something along the lines of “I understand the State needs money.” Now, I don’t think your question has the same meaning theirs does, but I think my answer will suffice for both: I don’t particularly care about the State’s financial situation. My job has nothing to do with fixing their poor money management. My function is to keep the streets of Town safe and reduce the number of both injury and non-injury collisions alike.
For the sake of argument, however, let’s look at the violation and the fine for same. 5200 CVC covers the requirement for vehicles to have a front plate. It is a correctable violation. That is to say, if you fix the problem the fine is drastically reduced. Their is still a fine, though. Until recently, the fix-it fine was about $10. I believe now it is $25. I don’t have the breakdown in front of me, but if memory serves, I think the percentage of the fine the Town would get is minuscule. The courts get a cut, as does the county and the State. The sheer volume of 5200 CVC cites we as Traffic Officers would have to write to even make a dent in the budget gap is astronomically recockulous….(now those “Is your man gay?” ads are going to pop up again).
The bottom line, at least in my opinion, is it isn’t worth it. The money is insignificant and, by contrast, the time and manpower taken to not achieve a goal would be a complete waste.
Not one to be a pessimist, let me conclude with a suggestion that the State’s Leadership should pull their collective heads out of their collective asses and take a fucking Econ 101 class and learn how to BALANCE A FUCKING BUDGET! It ain’t that hard. I do mine every couple weeks. They have to do it once a damn year.
I’ll stop before I am sufficiently planted atop my sturdy soapbox….