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In support of your editorial, “State must dump onerous traffic fines,” Dec. 17, some additional facts to consider:

The National Motorists Association (NMA) met with the Governor's Legislative Affairs office on 11/15 and found that only money counted. The human tragedies caused by this terrible law seemed to mean very little.

The House bills forgive all debts and stop all new fines on 10/1/18. They are the only moral version. The NMA believes that ontinuing collection of some fees for six more years is absolutely immoral.

Analysis by the Senate in 2008 proved that serious offenses were up after five years of the law. Claims the law would reduce serious offenses were patently false.

The state bills over $100 million a year, but collects only about half of that. Poor people cannot pay the other half - and never will be able to do so.

The House fiscal agency calculated the total loss of revenue from the House versions will be about $57 million dollars spread over the next three budget years. That amount is about one-tenth of one percent of one year's total budget.

The state would almost certainly collect more than $57 million dollars in various taxes by letting all 300,000+ poor people put in debtors’ prisons by this terrible law get their licenses back and be able to work.

The NMA believes that failing to enact the House versions immediately is a counter-productive money grab by the governor that actually hurts future state budgets.

James C. Walker

National Motorists Association

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