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New Study Finds That Virginia’s Abusive Driver Fees Don’t Deter Abusive Driving

by @ 4:16 pm on December 5, 2007. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Abuser Fees, Virginia Politics

Well, this should put an interesting spin on things when the General Assembly convenes in January:

There is no evidence that Va.’s new abusive-driver fees stop bad driving, according to a new report from the state legislature’s watchdog agency.

In addition, the new law, which imposes steep civil penalties for egregious behind-the-wheel behavior, is applied inconsistently, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found.

Not an entirely shocking report, but considering that the purpose of the fees was to raise money, not impact driving behavior, I don’t suppose the advocates of last year’s plan will be all that disappointing by the findings.

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