Courts sending wrong message by reducing, suspending fines

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2004

The troopers and law enforcement officers have a tough job with lots of paper work. Their time is reflected back as citations and violations written to the people who break the law. We call it billable time, justification of state payroll.

It really saddens me to see our law enforcement officers doing their job catching lawbreakers and then reading that their fines have been reduced or suspended. Just skimming through a recent local paper, there was $18,500 thrown away that could have been used.

Why do all the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens have to dig deeper every time a law enforcement officer does his job? Where is the backbone that our enforcement officers need to justify what they do for our protection?

I feel that the courts (judges) have to stop and look at what they are doing. Who is laughing at whom here? I have learned that it pays to play. Stop suspending or reducing fines given to people who break the law. They will never learn getting off easy.

Shawn O'Donnoghue, Kenai



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