Fines for speeding are about revenue, not safety

Yes, I got a speeding ticket in Amherst a couple weeks ago. The officer claims I was going 47 mph in a 35 zone. Maybe I was, I was watching the road and not my speedometer. But here’s the rub; I was on Youngs Road, by Erie Community College, at 5:15 in the morning, on my way to work, and there was not another car on that section of the road in either direction. It was clear, dry, but dark and I had my high beams on.

What really frosts me is the fine – $150 for the speeding ticket, and $85 for the New York surcharge. That’s $235 total! Are they kidding? Given the circumstances, this is not about safety, it’s all about revenue. As I said, I will admit I may have been over the posted speed limit, but do the time, place and circumstances really warrant this level of monetary punishment? Oh, by the way, the police car that pulled me over had a headlight out.

Phil Kaczmarek