costs of tickets

@savypat (20247)
United States
January 6, 2009 10:15am CST
How do you think they set the cost of fines for tickets? They said on the news that the fine for going over 20 miles an hour in a school zone was $242.00. Why isn't it 245 or 240 how do you think they came up with 242.00?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Fines can differ from state to state. State legislators sometimes do weird things, lol. Sometimes they just say to raise the fines across the board by 10%, promptly you get odd numbers. Sometimes they just want to get above a certain threshold but stay below another fine they don't want to increase. Sometimes some want $240, some want $245, they end up somewhere in the middle during negotiation. Or their economists tell them that people won't complain, if they stay just below $245 but they need more than $240 to reach a certain financial goal... It's like stores think if we see $299 we think it's a bargain but if it's $300 we think it's way too expensive, lol. State legislators sometimes have a strange logic behind their decisions. And they always fix it that in the end they voted for it (or not) for the greater good because something had to be done but really thought that such and such a combination would have been better. That said, sometimes the costs quoted is cumulative. The fine might actually be just $40, but then there are court costs, fees, processing costs etc of $200 attached, plus tax. Something like that. Those fees and costs are set individually and then all of it together including the fine can add up to just about $242. You have to pay the court costs, fees and such even if you just go in and pay the fine and never take up a judges time in court. But you can get a reduction if you agree to attend traffic school (if that is an option).
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
6 Jan 09
Thank you, you sound like you know what you are talking about, can I quote you the next time the questions comes up? Ha. This is the first time in my whole life I've ever been asked and that's sixty plus years. Thanks
@riyasam (16578)
• India
7 Jan 09
here in mumbai,india,the place where i live ,the fine for overspeeding is minimun 100 bucks.there are corrupt officials who take bribe as cctv is not installed at every place and like as you said ,if it was 242,we would be expected to carry the change.pathetic state!!!
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• United States
6 Jan 09
I don't know how they reached $242. You are right, $240 or $245 seems more appropriate. It seems ridiculious to have such an odd number for a ticket fine for speeding. Who know what our government is thinking (or not thinking, lol).
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