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Here's an idea to raise some revenue
March 23, 2009 - Jody Murphy
Why don't we charge out-of-state drivers for driving on our highways and roads?
My proposal - one I would like to see the legislature kick around - is assessing any out-of-state-car or out-of-state driver an addtional $20 for any type of motor vehicle violation.
If I get a speeding ticket on Interstate 77, it will run me, say $120.
I pay state taxes, which pays for a lot of the roads here. I am also subject to the state's motor vehicle laws, such as insurance and inspections.
What about other states and there drivers?
If a North Carolina driver, or Tennesseee driver or Ohio driver is speeding down the interstate, not wearing a seat belt or driving a vehicle with faulty equipment, they should be assessed an additional penalty for putting my life and property at risk. These drivers don't pay state taxes, so how are they contributing to our road maintenance?
If they cause a wreck, are they charged by the state for the clean up?
Out-of-state drivers and out-of-state vehicles should be assessed an additonal penalty for not complying with, disobeying or showing a blatant disregard for our laws when it comes to driving through the Mountain State.
I'm not saying we should target out-of-state drivers, I'm suggesting lawmakers take a long hard look at what we get out of out-of-state motorists and consider an addtional charge for any penalties they incur.
The money taken in from these penalties could be used by the state for a number of things, including roads and tourism.
Just a thought.
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