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LAST WEEK I GOT A SPEEDING TICKET
Samoa News ^ | 2/1/2013 | unknown

Posted on 02/02/2013 6:11:35 AM PST by coconutt2000

LAST WEEK I GOT A SPEEDING TICKET. OK fine, I was speeding 32 mph in a 20 mph zone in front of the tank farm just past Scanlan's gas station. Well like a good citizen I go in to pay my ticket and the clerk tells me to pay $60.00.OK I pay my sala and notice that there are 2 revenue codes listed: 1 for (100-221-4510) $50.00 and 1 for (101-714-4512) $10.00.

So I ask the clerk what the other charge was as I was only sighted for speeding.She tells me that the other charge is a Law Enforcement Fee. I ask what the #### is a Law Enforcement Fee? She says thats a fee to enforce the Law.

I walk away scratching my head and thinking,there must be some fool sitting in some obscure office in the back of EOB, thinking of how many different ways they can screw the public out of whatever little money they have left after paying their high electricity bills and expensive gas. So I guess I not only got a ticket but I also had to pay him to write it. Talk about adding Insult to injury.

My question here is what is a Law Enforcement Fee and does it only apply to Traffic Violations or does it apply across the board to any and all law enforcement services ?

SAMOA NEWS ANSWERS:

According to our archives, Samoa News reported in August 2010, that Gov. Togiola Tulafono submitted to the Fono for consideration and approval a $120,000 appropriation bill to purchase four new vehicles for the Department of Public Safety, to be used only for police services.

According to the proposed measure, the funding source for the four vehicles was the “special law enforcement” account, which is overseen by the court, which collects $10 from every person involved in a traffic violation. Then Police Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean later testified in the Fono that there were sufficient funds in this account for the proposed purchases.

So, the fee is only applied to traffic violations, and the money collected by the court is deposited in a separate account for Department of Public Safety purchases, such as their new vehicles.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News
KEYWORDS: leo; samoa; speedingticket
Not me. The government officials (Governor and Police Commissioner) responsible for the fee are no longer in government.
1 posted on 02/02/2013 6:11:46 AM PST by coconutt2000
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To: coconutt2000
In China, when they execute someone, they bill the family for the bullet.
This is just the same thing in a minor league way.
2 posted on 02/02/2013 6:28:49 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: coconutt2000
So, the fee is only applied to traffic violations, and the money collected by the court is deposited in a separate account for Department of Public Safety purchases, such as their new vehicles.

Uh, huh. Sure it is.

You CANNOT trust any form of government. PERIOD!

3 posted on 02/02/2013 6:30:08 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: coconutt2000

Your first mistake was pleading guilty....always challenge the ticket. Don’t let them use speed enforcement for revenue enhancement.


4 posted on 02/02/2013 6:34:50 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: coconutt2000
If EVERYONE obeyed EVERY law, then the goverment would change the laws...
Gotta generate revenue somehow to pay for all that parquet oak flooring, leather chairs,
and marble staircases that so many govt. facilities enjoy...
5 posted on 02/02/2013 6:35:12 AM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: coconutt2000

Not law enforcement, revenue enforcement.


6 posted on 02/02/2013 6:47:10 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: coconutt2000

You’re lucky you didn’t get the “asking the clerk a question fee” and the “scratching your head in a public building fee.”


7 posted on 02/02/2013 6:55:46 AM PST by sphinx
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To: driftdiver

Not law enforcement, revenue enforcement.
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If it were truly for SAFETY, there would be a modest fine (such as in this case $10.00 to maintain equipment) and A LOT of points on your license.

Of course, under the setup, you need MORE lawbreakers in order to be able to pay for the equipment and the company that either ‘gifts or loans’ it to you. THEY don’t want the people to EVER stop speeding or running lights. Once that happens, the game is over.

I was at a truck stop and some ‘old guy’ was walking around the parking lot with a broom and a dust pan on a long stick, picking up trash.
I got out of my vehicle, with the remnants of my last stop, coffe cup, sandwich bag etc and deposited it in one of the MANY trash cans around. The guy ‘thanked me’ and I told him, “Don’t thank me, if ALL people were like me YOU wouldn’t have a job, so you want all the slobs and pigs in the world to throw trash on the ground”. He said “gee, never thought of it like that before”. On the way back to my truck I dropped some trash on the ground for him...and he THANKED ME.


8 posted on 02/02/2013 7:19:18 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: coconutt2000

Most local law enforcement agencies for years now have been charging a fee to the operators of motor vehicles involved in traffic crashes to pay for emergency response costs including ambulance and fire. Drivers usually submit the bills to their motor vehicle insurance carrier for possible full or partial payment.

As far as traffic violation fees it seems to be open season on violators for any and every fee tacked on by local municipalities especially those that are now, or about to be going bankrupt due to loss of revenue from residents leaving because of the high taxes and fees.


9 posted on 02/02/2013 7:27:52 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: coconutt2000

Just another of the king’s millions of little whims which we da sheeple take cheerfully in our stride....

Semper Watching!
They Ain’t Got No Crap We Won’t Take!
And Don’t Ya Fergit It!
*****


10 posted on 02/02/2013 7:27:58 AM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: unixfox
You CANNOT trust any form of human government. PERIOD!

Fixed it for you.

11 posted on 02/02/2013 7:32:30 AM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Ouderkirk

Red light cameras are the most recent scam to rob drivers of their hard earned money.

http://www.redlightcameralist.com/red-light-camera-tickets/


12 posted on 02/02/2013 7:36:17 AM PST by KeyLargo
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13 posted on 02/02/2013 7:37:51 AM PST by RedMDer (HEY LIBS! GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW. I DARE YA!)
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To: coconutt2000

I got a ticket for talking on my cell phone and went to pay it online and it indicated it wasn’t in the system. I got concerned and wrote to the DMV and got a letter back telling me the officer had 1 year to put it in the system and to check back on a regular basis. That was 360 days ago and it’s still not in the system.

After the 7th of February I will consider it null and void.


14 posted on 02/02/2013 7:40:20 AM PST by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
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To: coconutt2000

Back in 1991, when I was a foolish college student, I was arrested and convicted of driving under the influence. Officially my fine was $450, but after tacking on a “penalty assessment” and a payment to the “victims’ restitution fund” (huh? What victims? I didn’t hit anyone; I just got pulled over!) it grew to around three times that amount.

I can still remember a time in the state of California when I could just pay a small fee and do traffic school to keep an infraction off my driving record. Now (actually, for about the last twenty years or so) I have to pay the bail amount on the ticket plus an administrative fee, along with whatever the school itself costs.


15 posted on 02/02/2013 7:51:37 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: driftdiver
Exactly. I don't call them police officers, I call them revenue collectors.

Funny, they lie in wait in the more affluent zip codes. I don't see them hanging around down in the barrios.

16 posted on 02/02/2013 7:53:29 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

We obviously employ to many police officers if they need administrative fees added to tickets. Find out the tickets each officer writes and if all they are doing is writing speeding tickets they should no longer have a job.


17 posted on 02/02/2013 8:17:05 AM PST by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: coconutt2000

Click on my user name and read my about page. That brief caused the city atty to postpone the trial and not reschedule. The statute of limitations ran out on that ticket.


18 posted on 02/02/2013 8:19:26 AM PST by ziravan (Choose sides.)
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To: Lets Roll NOW
I think it's institutionalized.

I take my two kids to school each morning in to separate runs. Both in affluent areas, one being right around the corner (in Phoenix terms, nothing is right around the corner here (: ) And the other about 3-4 miles.

Like clockwork, on the last day of the month, it's like charging a minefield to get them there. I must pass 15 cops in wait pulling over soccer moms. Granted, women do seem to drive overly aggressive these days, so a small part of me takes perverse pleasure in seeing them get pulled over.

19 posted on 02/02/2013 8:24:09 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

Yes. I got a ticket for “speeding” in a very affluent area. The deputy snidely asked me “WHY I WAS CUTTING THROUGH PARKLAND” to get to my (not so affluent) home address.

I fought the ticket, quoting the officer word for word, and WON. It was a clear case of snobbery.


20 posted on 02/02/2013 8:42:30 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: left that other site

You think? Possibly. But, I think they do it to punish those people because they figure they can afford the tickets.


21 posted on 02/02/2013 9:14:11 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: coconutt2000

Only 60 bucks for a speeding ticket?

I’m moving to Samoa!


22 posted on 02/02/2013 9:16:35 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: coconutt2000
"what is a Law Enforcement Fee?"

It's an adder to help cover Union Dues.....

23 posted on 02/02/2013 9:33:17 AM PST by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: unixfox
You CANNOT trust any form of government. PERIOD!

I agree. It seems like lots of temporary taxes and temporary spending have a way of becoming permanent.

24 posted on 02/02/2013 10:37:36 AM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: ziravan

Nice brief/filing ...


25 posted on 02/02/2013 10:48:05 AM PST by _Jim (Conspiracy theories are the favored tools of the weak-minded.)
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To: riri

That would be a possibility.

Except that he issued the ticket AFTER reading my address on my license and snorting “NICE neighborhood you live in. Do you like to cut through Parkland?”


26 posted on 02/02/2013 11:08:48 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: riri

**** “Exactly. I don’t call them police officers, I call them revenue collectors.”

Don’t be dissing them... they are “Revenue Enhancement Agents”

TT


27 posted on 02/02/2013 2:52:30 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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