Jail­ing driv­ers? We just need a good fines sys­tem

7 Days in Dubai - - ENTERTAINMENT -

In ref­er­ence to the front page of 7DAYS (April 18), ‘Time to Lock Up Reck­less Driv­ers’, whilst I sup­port any idea that has the po­ten­tial to make our roads safer, I’ve al­ways thought the best way to af­fect a pro­found and last­ing change in at­ti­tudes to driv­ing would be a ‘means tested’ traf­fic fine sys­tem: link­ing the fine amount to a per­cent­age of earn­ings. Our cur­rent sys­tem of fines has no im­pact on the wealthy who view fines as an ac­cept­able daily ex­pense. A ‘means tested’ sys­tem would chal­lenge the men­tal­ity of the reck­less by ex­press­ing the grav­ity of the of­fence fairly across lev­els of our so­ci­ety. Ben­jamin UAE

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