Posted by | April 24, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Steve recently received a photo ticket in LA for running a red light. If the ticket was $100 or so, he’d have paid it, shrugged, and been more cautious at intersections at 2am. But the ticket was for $525! (Yes, folks, that’s not a typo.) Not only won’t Steve ever run a red light in LA, he’ll never again go through a yellow and might even stop at green if he thinks it might change. It’s a price that certainly gets your attention. But in this age of Ferguson injustice, what about a poor person? Someone for whom $525 represents 3% or 4% of their entire annual income? One man’s deterrence is another man’s cruel and unusual punishment. How do we balance law, revenue and justice?