Harsh traffic fines, light DUI penalties

Alberta justice? I have never been a person not to accept responsibility for doing something wrong. I recently received a traffic violation for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. This is the first violation I have received in approximately 30 years.

Alberta justice?

I have never been a person not to accept responsibility for doing something wrong.

I recently received a traffic violation for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. This is the first violation I have received in approximately 30 years.

When I was pulled over, I was fully aware that I would be receiving a ticket that was going to put a dent in my wallet.

However, I am absolutely amazed at the amount — $287.

I say to the powers that be: “Good job.”

That is one heck of a deterrent. We all may need a reminder from time to time and this will certainly remind me that “rolling stops” do not count.

The real point I would like to make to our readers is our government has made a priority to deter traffic violations, yet they seem to lack the ability to making deterrents for more serious crimes.

If you kill a family while driving drunk, you might serve two or three years in prison.

The scales of justice seams to be off balance. Is it all about money?

Handing out stiff fines cost little but acts as a cash cow.

If you commit a more serious crime and are to receive jail time, you are now costing the government money. Is this why serious offenders get off so easy? Makes me wonder!

Trevor Comfort

Red Deer