- Sep 8, 2010
Report: Nevada governor candidate pitches speeding for dollars plan as budget fix
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, DiSimone thinks that letting commuters travel at up to 90 miles per hour without fear of getting a ticket can net the cash-strapped state $1 billion per year. The proposed fee for this right? A cool $25 a day. To reach the $1 billion mark, DiSimone expects to find 40 million takers over the course of a year.
In theory, this plan appears to be sound. But after a bit of thought we're thinking speeding for dollars will likely never work. First off, the Nevada police don't seem to like the idea, as the fuzz thinks maintains there is a connection between speeding and deadly accidents. And if cash for speed is to work, police would have to diligently enforce the speeding laws for those who don't pony up $25 per diem. Further, critics are likely to argue that such measures will disproportionately target the less fortunate who won't be able to afford the tariff.
Of course, such naysayers have a point. If you want to drive that fast every day for a month, that right would would cost you about $750. That's an awful lot of coin, and enough money to purchase one hell of a radar detector and pay off a couple of tickets to boot. Then there is the fact that many of the state's lead-footed already have detectors and already travel at speeds approaching 90 mph on the state's wide-open roads. So why pay the state for something you already do? Thanks to everyone for the tips. What do you think? Have your say in 'Comments.'
[Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Image: GinoForGovernor]