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Fewer Massachusetts motorists appeal traffic citations
Data provided by the state Insurance Board of Appeals, which rules on traffic accident cases alone, shows that the number of drivers appealing those accidents – and the insurance surcharges that come with them – has declined by 36 percent since 2006 even though just over half of those drivers were winning their appeals. Only about 30 percent of motorists who appealed their cases were found to be more than 50 percent at fault and subject to a surcharge, the records show.
The state Registry of Motor Vehicles is seeing a similar trend in the number of traffic ticket appeals filed by motorists through the district courts.
“We are not in a position to speculate as to the reason for the decline in citation appeals,” said registry spokesperson Sara Lavoie.
The fees, which start at $25 to contest a traffic violation before a clerk-magistrate and $50 to challenge an insurance surcharge, can add up quickly. Appealing either decision through the court system can add hundreds more to the tab.
In 2010, nearly 60,000 fewer drivers, representing a 21 percent drop, appealed traffic citations compared to the prior year, registry statistics show. In 2011, about 91,000 fewer drivers appealed traffic tickets than in 2009.
By imposing a fee to plead not guilty, the courts are creating a system where it is cheaper to simply hand the fine to the government than to fight an unjust charge. This hands the police a license to write fraudulent traffic tickets with impunity.
Originally posted by EvilSadamClone
Which if I had the power I would fight it all the way to the supreme court if necessary. This can be argued to be unconstitutional, ebcause it places people in double jeopardy.
Originally posted by rbnhd76
This is bs, and it has happened to me. I was accused of disregarding a traffic control device, which I did not do. I have gotten speeding tickits before, and I was caught, I did it, I payed the fine with no question. By the same token, I don't think I should pay this. Now, I have a choice of $56 fine/DTCD on my record, or fighting it with a jury trial. Already wasted two days of work at about $110 each. Officers need to be sure of what they saw, or didn't see. Sick of this already and will probably have to take it.
I am not pissy.
Originally posted by Nspekta
Unfortunate that you are pissy already.. and its still early in the day!
While you may think its sensational, it is true.
You leaped from here↑ (title of the article), to here↓ (thread title).
[color=E6FFF2]Fewer Massachusetts motorists appeal traffic citations
[color=E6FFF2]In Massachusetts, you must PAY to plead NOT Guilty!
Yup. I sure do. Here it is:
Originally posted by Nspekta
So, instead of straight up bashing, do you have an opinion whatsoever on this issue?