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Georgia Cops to Charge for Their Trouble

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Posted on Jul 1, 2008
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If you plan on speeding through Holly Springs, Ga., be warned: The police chief there has decided to start charging the pulled-over a fuel surcharge. Cop houses around the country are struggling with the high cost of gas. The chief in Holly Springs said he got the idea from businesses, such as airlines, that pass their troubles on to the consumer.


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The town’s police chief, Ken Ball, said the measure would help him to keep up patrols.

“I was hearing that Delta (Air Lines), pizza deliverers, florists were adding fuel charges to their services, and I thought, why not police departments?” Mr Ball was quoted as saying by the USA Today newspaper.

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By GQ Citizen, July 25, 2008 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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Patrick> I know you are very wrong. With the recent drop in fuel prices the City of Holly Springs is already planning on reducing the increase in fines. As well I would challenge you to find one City or County in this Country that has been as forthright about increasing fines because of fuel costs. Just one? Nope they normally quietly raise those fines and keep raising them usually every year or two without saying a word. Holly Springs could have (legally) done the same thing. But nope they were very honest, open, and transparent about it. I would call that a GOOD thing.

Also would please define a “speed trap” cause in my book if you are not speeding, breaking the law, you don’t get stopped and issued a ticket. A “speed trap” is where an police officer is doing something illegal with the radar. FOOLS that speed like a bat out of hell and then caught deserve what they get instead of hollering foul or dang cops are “running a speed trap to raise revenue” I bet your driving record more than speaks for itself.

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By PatrickHenry, July 11, 2008 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment

re: GQ Citizen, July 11 at 11:19 am #

I bet if the fuel prices ever go down the “new fees” will not. 

Small towns throughout the nation rely on these speed traps as their only source of revenue and many of these traps have nothing to do with a safe speed which is increasingly arbitrary.

As I have stated on a previous post, get a speed camera and fire some police as they appear to be the only growth industry in this nation and do little to stop real crime.

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By GQ Citizen, July 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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I should have also pointed out with the quote on “local authority” that the fee added to tickets was “an increase in fines” and not a “surcharge” as reported by the media (not that they ever get anything wrong). So the poster was correct in adding it was not “legal as a surcharge” when he started talking about a “quota” in his remarks. But you can check the Holly Springs Georgia Website to see the Correct Ordinance related to adding this as a “fine increase”

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By GQ Citizen, July 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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This is a fantastic idea and should have been done years ago. Why not let those that use the cops up the most pay the most??? The alternative is to increase taxes on the taxpaying citizens who rarely use the system. Protection is a must, keeping patrols going is a must, answering calls is a must, enforcing traffic laws is a must, but if you don’t want to pay for fuel in a police car don’t break the law. NO FINE< NO FUEL FEE either, gee that is tough to figure out. Kudo’s to the Chief in Holly Springs Ga, and I hope every single Chief in this Country jumps on it. And to the poster who said it is not “legal” you should check the Georgia Law Books, it is LEGAL under what is called “local authority” and given to the cities/counties in Georgia by State Legislation. Raising fines can be up to $1,000.00 max on each violation under “local authority” and I think a $12 increase is more than fair. Not enough, but more than fair. Stop Speeding, Stop Breaking the Law and Stop Whining!

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By Reubenesque, July 1, 2008 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment
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Never thought I’d see a governmental agency capitalizing on high gas prices.  Income-based fines ala certain European countries would be welcome though.

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By Grousefeather, July 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment
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The next step beyond charging a “fuel fee” is to just have a flat fee. That would include the fuel fee, a rescue fee, an enforcement fee, and of course, a gratutity. The bottom line is that in the near future police services will be available only to those who can afford it. It’s “privatization” coming of age.

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By PatrickHenry, July 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

Around Washington DC, when the police call me to support their various charities and funds, I remind them that with increasing use of radar cameras, red light cameras and cameras on street sweepers that the need for police is dimished and there are too many of them (except in crime infested neighborhoods). 

They usually don’t call me back.

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By Ed Harges, July 1, 2008 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Want to see gas prices drop dramatically? Stop threatening war against Iran (and then means telling Israel to f**k off):

”[I]f this administration truly wanted to spare Americans further pain at the pump, there is one thing it could do that would have an immediate effect,” wrote Michael Klare, author of a new book, Rising Power, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy, in this week’s Nation magazine. “[D]eclare that military force is not an acceptable option in the struggle with Iran.”

http://www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=13074

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By Mei Li, July 1, 2008 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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Guilty until proven innocent! What if there was not a justifiable cause to pull someone over? Sounds to me like just another way for the police to fill their coffers.

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By nrobi, July 1, 2008 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

This is truly an ingenious idea.

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By Conservative Yankee, July 1, 2008 at 5:31 am Link to this comment
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There are at least a half dozen reasons why this plan (when challenged) will not pass muster. The “quota system” was dispatched by a conservative Supreme court on similar grounds. 

The simple way to pay costs is for the STATE (where such increases are allowed) to increase the cost of a ticket and then return some of these funds to local departments.

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