We don't typically like to stray into messy conversations like the one about our country's penal system, especially when we don't necessarily have the answers to make the situation any better. There's a lot wrong when a nation has an incarcerated population larger than some small countries, and situations like the one in Washington, D.C. aren't making the situation any better. According to Fox News, police in our nation's capital are treating drivers with expired vehicle registration tags to a one-night, all-expense paid trip to the local jail. The issue has drawn attention after a mother was arrested and detained on her way to pick up one child with another in the vehicle.

Police in Washington, D.C. typically issue a $100 citation for vehicles with tags that are expired past 30 days, though there can be instances where more serious measures can be taken. Since it's unlawful to operate a non-registered vehicle in the District, police can stop and arrest those drivers. Under the law, offenders can face up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail. Predictably, this situation has raised the hackles of politicians and the American Automobile Association, which has called the practice "ridiculous."

In the case of the mother, police informed the woman that her children would be placed in the hands of social services if she couldn't find someone to watch them during her brief stint behind bars. She was able to convince a teacher to look after them.


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      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Effin' DC cops. Can't catch the drug dealers, pimps, murderers, or robbers, so they start jailing people for expired registration. Do they think they're getting too much cooperation and good will from the community or something?
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hevace
        Google Mayor Bloomberg. Stop the spitting on the streets, the graffiti, the idjits driving with expired plates, and the rest will follow.
      user164
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe imprisoning people unnecessarily is our penal system's problem. Regardless, I can't imagine how angry/helpless the woman must have felt. Sure, she shouldn't be driving with expired plates, but c'mon. Of course, I'm sure the cops were just "following orders".
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @user164
        And with the kid in the car too. That's just reprehensible.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's really too bad we can't come up with some sort of government that works FOR the people, instead of against them.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        We do. This is it. If you don't like it try ANYWHERE else in the world. Even the socialist goody two shoes countries like Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, etc. have very draconian driving laws and penalties, not to mention 90% of the people driving in this country couldn't pass a German driving test. Heck, according to a recent Post article, they probably couldn't pass a current Maryland driving test!
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        It's what happens when govt is run by corporations. Eventually their mission becomes to enslave people, to squeeze maximum profit out of them. Us.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      The Other Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sometimes people just forget. I knwo I have. I was busted once. I think I just needed to go get tags and prove I did so - I don't think there was a fine.
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Other Bob
        same here.. I was away at school. Car sat in my driveway.. expired in November.. I came home in December and totally forgot about it. Was driving to work and got stopped. Cop ticketed me. After work I called my family friend who worked at an inspection station - he inspected it etc. and I went to court. Judge saw I got it inspected the same day - had an attitude at first.. then asked me why I even waited. I showed him my school semester schedule and when I got back and I was starting my seasonal job trying to make some money and he threw out the ticket. I appreciated it and have gotten it taken care of ever since. I agree some people just get busy with so many things and we slip on the essential basics (hell I've forgotten to eat a few meals because I was so busy). I would be appalled if they arrested people who have no ticket/criminal history rather than just giving them a ticket.
      graphikzking
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yearly registration is a total crock anyway. Just do a bi-yearly registration or even longer. The state will get money in advance so will earn interest on the money. States won't have to print reminders every year, stickers every year and mail new registrations ever year. There are roughly 7 million cars registered in Pa. Multiple by 2 mailings each year = .88cents = 6.16 million dollars in postage. Thats also roughly 14 million papers each year saved. That's 2800 cases of paper a year. ($28000 in savings). That's also another 7million stickers that don't have to be printed - they can print ones that show 2 years ahead. This will save nearly $7,000,000 per year. This jailing people is costing taxpayers MORE money. Why not give cops credit card scanners and just have them ticket and pay it on the spot. If they can't pay the ticket then send them to jail.
        webd727
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        or get your state congress to pass a lifetime registration for as long as you own the car. That is the solution, other than the fact they will probably charge $1000 in that case.
        Fonin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        excellent suggestion.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        Registration in neighboring Maryland is bi-annual also. And a few years ago, one had the option to do one year or two in Virginia. Not sure if that's still an option.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        We have bi-yearly registration in Mass.
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before you know it people will be arrested for not having travel papers.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tributetodrive
        Yes...if you look like an immigrant, 'Papers Pleeze.' However, a driver's license is sufficient travel papers. Amazing how many illegals don't have legal driver's licenses.
      Jon Buffalo
      • 3 Years Ago
      WELCOME TO AMERICA ; )
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't cool. Clearly, they are "making examples" out of people, which is typically another phrase for "abusing power".
      b
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow. Revenue yes, but is jail necessary?? Simply Appalling.
      stickshiftn69
      • 3 Years Ago
      just another example of utterly ridiculous and stupid government decisions
      Joe Bo
      • 3 Years Ago
      It all has to do with revenue. There's no revenue arresting all the crooks in the bad part of town. I lived in an upscale apartment near downtown Dallas and had someone break in. When I called the police to report it they refused to even come by or do anything - basically said too bad.
        webd727
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe Bo
        I waited for three hours for a cop to show up when my office in downtown Cleveland got broken into after the security company called me after notifying the police. The jail is two blocks away along with a police station. I walked to the police station and was told I would need to go to a different station to file a report and then a police officer would be sent to investigate. Nothing was stolen because they only got through one set of the double doors before the alarm went off so I said screw it. Glad to know you have free reign to break into any place in downtown Cleveland.
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