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LogansPapa
06-18-2008, 03:08 PM
In an Atlanta suburb, offenders will face $12 'surcharge' on top of ticket

By Larry Copeland / USA TODAY

HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. — The surging price of gasoline has come to this: a "fuel surcharge" on your next speeding ticket.

Drivers caught speeding in this north Atlanta suburb soon will have to pay an extra $12 — to cover $4-a-gallon gas costs for the police officers who stop them.

The City Council passed the fee hike, effective July 1, to offset fuel prices that have eaten up nearly 60% of the police department's 2008 fuel budget, Police Chief Ken Ball says.

He expects the fee increase, which applies to all moving violations and can be rescinded if gas prices fall below $3 a gallon, to generate $19,500 to $26,000 a year for the town of 7,700.

Ball says he was seeking ways to maintain patrols despite record high gas prices. "I was hearing that Delta (Air Lines), pizza deliverers, florists were adding fuel charges to their services, and I thought, why not police departments?" he says.

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080618/1a_bottomstrip18_dom.art.htm

Zeus
06-18-2008, 03:21 PM
In an Atlanta suburb, offenders will face $12 'surcharge' on top of ticket

By Larry Copeland / USA TODAY

HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. — The surging price of gasoline has come to this: a "fuel surcharge" on your next speeding ticket.

Drivers caught speeding in this north Atlanta suburb soon will have to pay an extra $12 — to cover $4-a-gallon gas costs for the police officers who stop them.

The City Council passed the fee hike, effective July 1, to offset fuel prices that have eaten up nearly 60% of the police department's 2008 fuel budget, Police Chief Ken Ball says.

He expects the fee increase, which applies to all moving violations and can be rescinded if gas prices fall below $3 a gallon, to generate $19,500 to $26,000 a year for the town of 7,700.

Ball says he was seeking ways to maintain patrols despite record high gas prices. "I was hearing that Delta (Air Lines), pizza deliverers, florists were adding fuel charges to their services, and I thought, why not police departments?" he says.

http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080618/1a_bottomstrip18_dom.art.htm

I'll bet ya a dollar to a doughnut that "Surcharge Fee" goes to the general fund. Just another Government revenue enhancement scheme.

LogansPapa
06-18-2008, 04:05 PM
I'll bet ya a dollar to a doughnut that "Surcharge Fee" goes to the general fund. Just another Government revenue enhancement scheme.

Yeah, we get the same thing on the local fishing boats (aka ‘cattle cars’): fuel surcharges 15-30 dollars a day - cash only. But I’m sure the landing owners document every dollar of these fees.

BSR
06-18-2008, 04:16 PM
And this is why I run from the cops.