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Virginia instituted some pricey new traffic fines this year: $900 for driving without a license, $1,050 for reckless driving and $2,250 for a first drunk driving offense.
Critics of the "abuser fees" contend that they will be an unsustainable revenue source, that they unfairly exempt out-of-state drivers and that they are excessively punitive.
I would have agreed that Virginia's fines are unusually steep, until I saw this sign in Brooklyn: "No horn honking $350 fine."
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