Yesterday, Tiffany brought you information about the David Albo Employment Act, which assesses serious fines over three years for various traffic infractions as part of the omnibus VA HB 3202 Roads bill. Today, the Post brings us the tale of the public backlash about it, including the grassroots efforts by several members of the VA Legislature who want to reconvene the legislature to change the law to affect only felony violations of traffic laws (which include DUI), and to include assessment of fines on all drives, not just those who bear VA Drivers Licenses.
The whole thing is honestly asinine, as in its current form, several misdemeanor offenses will trigger the fine, which is paid in three installments. In addition, the fines are only assessed by the VA DMV as part of the renewal of your car registration. Besides, let’s look at who this law really benefits, and that’s the DUI Defense Lawyers. With mandatory jail time for first time offenders and all manner of fines and fees, this is a place where the lawyers benefit from the number of people who will fight ticket after ticket to avoid paying that $1,050 fine. Bad law. Fix it, folks.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs