Thursday, February 17, 2011

Georgia State Police Are Now Tax Collectors

This report is from the Georgia Chapter of ABATE:

Checkpoints to begin in March
As many of you know, the State of Georgia received $70,000.00 from the
NSTB for Motorcycle ONLY Safety Check Points. They will stop all
Motorcycles at these Check Points.
We were informed by unnamed sources that the Check Points would start
in early March to coincide with The Daytona Bike Week Event. Most points
of entry to Florida will be involved.
We are anticipating them to start March 3rd in order to take advantage
of the additional flow of Motorcycle traffic thru our State.
I was told that the officers conducting the safety check points have
been trained in what to check for sobe sure you, you paper work and your
bike are in order.
We understand that this is just a way to increase revenues so do all
you can to avoid adding to the state funds.

There are many who Trailer into Georgia and ride into Florida from here.
You may wish to change your plans and trailer on through to Florida

Dan Forrest,
State Director of A.B.A.T.E. Georgia

In my opinion this is selective enforcement in order to raise funds during bike week in Daytona. It doesn't take long to figure out that most people that ride to bike week from out of Florida will probably go through Georgia. Why not just put up a toll both just for motorcycles? If this was truly about safety, it would be done year round. The reasoning is probably to get the most bang for the buck.

While I laud police for doing real police work, collecting taxes isn't one of them. I think is degrades the job, the reputation of police and their effectiveness. It also turns some people away that don't want the hassle and before all you law and order authoritarian types start shouting "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about", let me remind you of the principle of being let alone, often promulgated by Justice  Brandeis. If I am not hurting anyone, infringing on someone else's rights, why the bother? That's the problem with preemptive and proactive law enforcement: It presumes guilt. Our system is supposed to presume innocence. There's something really wrong with the minds and mindset that allows abuse of power. I have nothing to hide and I know I will avoid any state that harasses people for their own purposes. It's just wrong.

Thank you for reading this blog.


Eric Dondero said...

Not too mention, where's the incentive for them to focus on real cop work, like busting rapists, murderers and other thugs?

Those arrests costs money.

The pulling over and immediate ticketing of vehicle drivers gainst them $$$.

Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out that these cops might be a bit slower to respond to real crime, when they know they can hang out at the cop stop issuing more tickets, and gaining more revenue for their municipilities?

The Right Guy said...

It's the same in Iowa. We have hundreds of small town jurisdictions as well as state and city police. They write so many tickets (doughnut tax?) that we get graced 2 speeders a year if they are under 10 mph over. No one would have a license if they didn't. One town is so bad, Windosor Heights, that they will pull you over for one over. I had a cop follow me through that town and I kept it at 23 in a 25. What scumbags.

The Right Guy said...

It's Windsor Heights

Chuck said...

The problem in Georgia, is there isn't much crime, so they gotta do something.

I think something like one in 13 people in this state are either in jail or on probation. There is way too much law enforcement in this state. It's even worse at the county level in a lot of places.

The Right Guy said...

That's a 7.7% incarceration rate. WTF? I think the national rate is less than 1%. How can they support so many people in jail? At some point it has to become a burden, like having people on welfare. Of course they'll say there isn't much crime because so many people are locked up.

Chuck said...

It goes to sentencing guidelines really, but there is also a huge racket that goes along with it.

The Right Guy said...

What's the racket?

Chuck said...

Probation, house arrest, etc. They all have huge fees associated with them.

The Right Guy said...

And the best part is that they can't vote against the people that put them behind bars. THe thing is, you have to figure that arrests affect more people than just those that go to jail. At some point, it either becomes a cultural norm (as in certain segments of our society) or people reject the authority that is putting people behind bars and votes them out if the prosecution is overzealous. Where you live is approaching 8%. That's damn high.

Do you feel that rate is justified? How does it impact quality of life, good or bad?

Chuck said...

Honestly, I think that stat is inflated. Thing is, the first order of business for Nathan Deal was looking into changing sentencing standards. The state is going broke supporting it's prison industry.

The Right Guy said...

One in thirteen is 7.7%. Those are your numbers. With that in mind, I would bet you must know at least one person that has been or is behind bars. That's significant. If it isn't cost effective, they what's the dealio? Are most of the crimes drug possession and stuff like that or crimes like robbery, burglary, rape or murder? My wife was watching a show on cable about I think it was the dekalb county jail. They had a pregnant woman from NM in there. She served her time and was released, but couldn't go home to NM because of probation. She had no one in Georgia. I forgot her original crime, but I don't recall it being a violent one. It's nuts.

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