(This post originally appeared on The Philly Post)
When I drive I sometimes go over the speed limit. When I park in the city I sometimes overstay my time. On occasion I’ve been guilty of texting while driving. I’m rarely caught. I hardly ever pay fines. Do you blame me? That’s understandable. But don’t just blame me. Blame the city. Blame your township. Blame Harrisburg. They’re not doing enough to catch guys like me when I do the wrong thing behind the wheel. All it takes is a little technology, a few changes in the law and a different approach:
I should be getting automatic speeding tickets sent to me.
I drive fast. Sometimes too fast. Particularly on the turnpike. I shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this. Not when it’s so easy to catch me. I have an EZ Pass. My entrance time is logged. My exit time is logged. How hard is it to calculate the speed I travelled between points A and B? And if my average speed was above the speed limit, why am I not getting a speeding ticket sent to me, or even an automatic charge levied on my EZ Pass? A simple change in protocol would make the turnpike a safer place — and generate lots of cash for the state from guys like me.
Yeah, my driving is costing you money. I’m getting away with it. And for every dollar not collected from me, a dollar needs to be made up from somewhere else. And that means taxes. From you.