• Jun 19, 2008

The high cost of fueling up is affecting just about everyone at the pump. But it's also costing us at the grocery store, the airport, and, beginning July 1, it could bump up the cost of your speeding tickets, too. When a north Atlanta suburb spent 60% of its police fuel budget in only five months, it was faced with cutting back on patrols, raising taxes for all, or passing the cost on to speeders. The final decision was a no-brainer for the city of 7,700, and beginning in July, all speeders will be slapped with an additional $12 fuel charge. The added charge will raise ticket revenues up to $26,000 or more, and the costs will only be passed on to those who break traffic laws and not every citizen. The Atlanta city council has unanimously passed a similar proposal to include a $10 - $15 fine for ticketed motorists, and many more cities are sure to follow suit in short order. Yet another reason to get a really good radar detector. Thanks for the tip, Brad!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Until that crap is taken care of, the police don't deserve anything more in their automotive budget.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL LOL LOL )))
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate Autoblog's comment feature.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why dont the cops just phase out their gas guzzling SUVs and Crown Vics, for something more fuel efficient?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh no, could this mean the end of those "world's greatest police chases" videos on TV? Say it ain't so. I tried to run away from the cops, but the cost in fuel would have been more than the money I stole...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, so people b^&*^ about the price of gas, and then b&*(& about the speed limit being too low? Is being allowed to go faster going to help your mileage or something?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Around here they are installing speed cameras on a lot of roads. As much as I hate them, at least they don't put points on you license, jack up your insurance, or (hopefully) slap you with a fuel surcharge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it's funny that you guys are bitching, but if you...y'know, don't break the law you won't be charged. I think it's great idea, and a good way to keep asshole drivers at normal/sane speeds. Wanna go fast? Find a backroad or go to a track.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you took the words right out of my mouth; my thoughts exactly!!!!


        • 6 Years Ago
        Your comment comes from the view of following the letter of the law, which is funnier than the complaints launched here.



        • 6 Years Ago
        ASEVENSEE4, apparently not, as there are many repeat offenders who didn't learn their lesson the first 5 times they got pulled over.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Regardless, they're people that barely go over the limit and get a ticket, their first or second, you can't generalize the public into a group of repeat offenders.
        • 6 Years Ago
        well i commented because the article says they spent their budget on fuel costs which in turn they had to increase taxes and cut down on patrols - which hurts all the citizens.

        i for one drive 55mph on the freeway with a 65mph limit in order to be fuel efficient (drive 300miles/week so gas hurts my pocket). im not bitching about the fact that they're charging for gas, just bitching about the fact that they are some of the worst offenders for speeding themselves, and because of their own reckless driving everyone in the community hurts
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's just adding insult to injury, the ticket and possible points on your license just isn't enough? Not to mention the monsters they use get a good 8-13MPG. Once they start tacking on the fines they'll think of other ways to tax us, Oh? We have to eat too, so pay for our doughnuts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll agree to that, not all but some cops can be worse driver's than the people they're suppost to pull over, while supposedly being the role models for the rest of us!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why dont they stop their little trips to Dunkin Donuts instead? THAT would save a lot of gas
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've seen cops be fuel efficient...they avoid stop and go traffic by turning on their sirens and lights at Red Lights. Good for nothing cops, never there when you need them. This just encourages me to out run them and the fine from now on.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they would save gas by turning off their cars when they aren't in use. It is quite common for many cops to keep their cars running at the station idling. That has always boggled my mind since its such a blatent waste of taxpayers money and gasoline.

      And I do agree with the many comments of how cops should slow down as well. I constantly hear cop cars revving like crazy when they take off from a light when they aren't pulling someone over.
      • 6 Years Ago
      In Charlotte, the police are doing their part to conserve fuel. I see them blow through stop signs regularly.
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