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NARROWS BRIDGE: Outrageous fine for first offense

Letter by Catherine M. Link, Puyallup on Sep. 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm | 33 Comments »
September 7, 2010 4:26 pm

After a wonderful day on the Penisula, my friend and I pulled over at a gas station to prepare to have the necessary $4 toll to get over the Narrows Bridge. I got back on state Route 16, looking for the toll booths, which I saw in the distance. All of a sudden, I realized that I had to exit off of the freeway to access the toll booths!

They don’t do this in Chicago or at the Sea-Tac airport. I tried to merge over, but the congestion made it unsafe to move over in time. I looked miserably at the toll booths as we passed by, and I even considered going up the down ramp of the toll booths, just to avoid the $50 fine I have heard about.

I feel like I’ve been tricked! I had every intention to pay the toll, and I am forced by my ignorance (or stupidity if you want to look at it that way) to pay a huge $52 fine. This is literally highway robbery by the government.

We need to stop cities and counties from revenue-making by imposing outrageous fines for camera-detected infractions. This is fundamentally wrong! When our only recourse is spending more time and money fighting the fine, we just pay it. That is what the cities and counties bank on us doing. This unjust tactic needs to be stopped!

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