California has 30-plus million motor vehicles and 24-plus million licensed drivers and auto travel is, like it or not, fundamental to life as we Californians know it.
That's why we motorists are captive cash cows. Politicians know we must drive to live and therefore assume that no matter how hard they hit us, we'll pay up.
As state and local governments struggle to close budget deficits, they are hitting motorists ever-harder with taxes, fees and fines, adding billions to the cost of using the public roadways, to wit:
• Cities and some counties, responding to the oily promises of fast-talking salesmen for private collection firms, are allowing the companies to install and operate "red-light cameras," on the shaky premise that they improve traffic safety.
In fact, all but a tiny percentage of red-light camera tickets involve rolling turns that don't present a serious danger to others.
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/02/14/3400197/dan-walters-california-drivers.html#ixzz1Dx7kelzk
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