FINES WON’T SAVE LIVES
TWO-THIRDS of fines issued to drivers caught using mobile phones recently have been referred to SPER (C-M, Aug 10).
SPER’s debt has doubled in the past five years with 1.5 million cases on their books and $1.3 billion owed.
One may ask, why do we attempt to educate drivers and continually increase fines if a majority of those who are caught ignoring our road rules are only asked to pay back a few dollars a week and many continue to rack up fines.
A majority will have no reasonable prospect of ever paying these fines in full.
So the measure of education through fines as a deterrent is simply water off a duck’s back for many.
A huge financial crash is headed our way and it will hit the third who pay their fines the worst.
Allan Gray, Collingwood Park