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  • Skeptical Cynic
    June 30, 2013 - 09:52

    One way to deal with this problem is to make jail time for outstanding fines mandatory. The critics will say that doen't gaurantee the culprit will pay the fine, however, that is not the intent of the mandatory jail term. The intent is DETERRENT. So if these culprits allow their fine to go over a certain amount , they automatically receive a mandatory jail term, say 90 days for every $1K owed in fines, with the option to buy their way out early if they can cough up the dough. The other skeets see one of their own thrown in jail, and not at the potato farm either, right down to Quidi Vidi into HMP with'em for the whole term... THEN they'll think twice about not paying off their fines.

  • Doug Smith
    June 28, 2013 - 09:15

    “Blatant death threats, that’s what they are…” is exactly right. The current laws ignore this fact and are useless in stopping impaired driving. However, there is a simple and effective way to put an end to this dangerous behaviour. Confiscate the vehicle of the impaired driver whether he owns it or not and don’t allow him to get it back, ever. Soon these drivers will run out of vehicles to drive. Doug Smith, Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Patrick
    June 28, 2013 - 07:52

    A fair comment David...drip, drip, drip....it paints a reality picture for sure! Why doesn't government care?

  • Townie
    June 27, 2013 - 20:00

    I say very few of these high fines are inflated because of late fines and interest. Most of these people are low income and can not afford to pay off the original fine in time before compound interest racks it up to the tens of thousands. When it gets so high they feel weighed down so much they just try to fly under the radar. On the other hand, those who drive big flashy look at me SUVs can pay off the original fine in a day without the compound interest and late fines. So, these stories of the RNC being heros pulling these drivers over is really not as glourious as they sound since they are only kicking someone who is already down and out. The justice system really needs to improve the way they handle interest and fines and come up with some long term equal payments system.

    • Eli
      June 28, 2013 - 09:06

      Perhaps driving with insurance, driving sober, and within speed limits might just prevent these irresponsible drivers from getting in trouble in the first placed.

    • Ron Tizzard
      June 29, 2013 - 14:12

      Townie, I hear you...you have a heart; but, that said, there was no information provided that I noticed indicating why the debts were not paid, or even attempted to be paid. I don't know; but my sense is that if an 'offender' were to request a reasonable payment plan to pay off the debt that discuss would likely take place. A good question to ask the Police i.e. are attempts made by these people at all, or are they just ignored; and would the police be open to 'payment plans' for settle debts? Maybe somebody in Justice will answer the question for you...you can bet they are reading this article. Let's. You pose a practical question .

  • david
    June 27, 2013 - 06:55

    Tracking down the outstanding money would be great, no doubt. It truly must amount to a few million dollars. But the primary problem here is not the financial windfall foregone. The problem here is the complete debacle that is the basic act of driving in Newfoundland. The chances of being hit by an unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered, and/or drunk driver are nothing short of horrendous in this province. I would quite confidently guess it would be the worst on North America. And by a wide margin. But that "statistic" is not ever going to be calculated or released.....no one in government would ever tell you, because it would rightly lead to class action lawsuits against the government for allowing the situation to exist ---- out of pure negligence. This potential liability facing the government is just as real as, and potentially much larger than, the uncollected, outstanding fines are. But every day, the reports are just drip, drip, drip......