For too many Californians, getting a speeding ticket or some other traffic violation is more than an inconvenience. It’s a slow-moving disaster that’s likely to upend their lives and plunge them into debt.
California’s traffic fines consistently rank as the highest in the nation, and continue to disproportionately hurt the working poor and people of color, who are more likely to be stopped, according to a report by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.
“It all boils down to money,” LaShanya Breazell, a Sacramento resident who went into debt trying to pay a $1,500 speeding ticket, told a member of The Bee’s editorial board. “And the working poor don’t have it.”