Is anyone else as sick of my winter header above as I am? Even though we received a smattering of snow here over the prior weekend, it's nearly the middle of May for goodness sake. Tulips are in bloom, runners are out again in mass, squirrels are happily hopping from branches to phone wires nibbling on their latest find. I promise, I am working on it. I have a specific spot in mind that I'd like to take a photo, but I have to get brave enough to ask for permission to cross into the space and that hasn't happened as of yet. Likely, I will just settle for another location and life will go on, but I keep hoping that I'll have a chance run-in with the right person and will be granted passage for just a few brief moments. I suppose I could just sneak through and hope I don't get caught, but I'm really not in the mood to end up speaking to police officers for trespassing because I wanted to get a photo. So, in summary, I am sick of the header too and I promise something more spring-like (or at least that doesn't include snow and Christmas lights) is on its way soon.
With spring well on its way, I spotted this local article discussing the possibility of implementing a $10 safety surcharge for moving violations in our city. The idea was originally brought forward by our local bicycle advocacy group and the funds would go to "educate drivers and cyclists" in the area. I will leave out the fact that this is a very generic means of explaining what the funds will be used for (but, if you read my recent rant about the advocacy group, it's not all that surprising); however, I couldn't help but be curious about the commentary that would likely follow this type of news.
At any rate, I'm curious what others think about this idea. I haven't had a ticket since 1995, but I can't see that the $10 fee would be so much of a hardship to not move forward with the idea. If I'm breaking the law, I have to accept that I may get pulled over and have to pay the fines for my violation(s). At the same time, I am not entirely convinced that there is enough accountability in place to know where these funds would be going (though I could be entirely wrong as the article does not go into detail in that regard), or that they would be used appropriately. Do you think it makes sense to add a $10 surcharge to traffic violations to help educate the public? Do you think $10 is an unreasonable amount to add on, or do you think the amount could be even higher? Has your city implemented anything like this? If so, how has it gone/what were the results?