Whitehead chastises General Assembly
Rutherford Institute founder John Whitehead has thrown down the gauntlet to the Virginia General Assembly for imposing "abusive" and "exorbitant" traffic fees. In a July 11 letter, he castigates lawmakers for a plan to fund transportation that he calls "misguided and legally questionable."
The new fees for really bad driving, like reckless or DUIs, went into effect July 1 and tack on an extra $1,000 to $2,500 to existing fines. The fees apply only to Virginia residents, so out-of-staters can speed with relative impunity.
"...These remedial fees are ripe for a legal challenge," warns Whitehead, and he offers the services of his civil rights organization to help the legislature mend its "wholly illogical and improperly discriminatory" new laws.
No word on whether the General Assembly plans to take up Whitehead's offer.