Thursday, July 5, 2007

Last on Civil Remedial Fees

Although the recently implemented law regarding civil remedial fees continues to generate discussion, it is reasonable to assume the law will not go away. Other states, Michigan, Texas, New Jersey and New York have implemented similar programs (although their programs are enforced against non-resident drivers, as well). Citizens have complained that the fees create a "Debtor's Prison" where less than half the fees are actually collected and in Michigan, where only 40% of the fees have been collected, there has been no confirmation that road safety has increased. The law will be tweaked, but it will not go away because, as it says in its text, the law will "generate revenue" for the government to spend. Legislators find it easier to turn on a source of revenue than to shut it off.