CO lawmakers granted immunity from parking, speeding tickets while happily gouging the little people with them

posted at 9:41 pm on August 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Laws are for plebes:

State lawmakers are getting special perks because of their legislative license plates.

The plates issued to the 100 state lawmakers and representatives elected to serve Colorado are preventing them not only from receiving photo radar tickets but also collection notices from past due parking tickets.

The legislative plates are not entered into the Colorado DMV database, so when photo radar cameras catch these drivers speeding, they never received tickets. That’s because of a loophole that doesn’t allow the City of Denver to electronically cross-reference those plates with a home address.

The same “loophole” affects parking tickets and the DMV says it’s a glitch. Just how expensive a glitch?

Williams says a result of the CBS4 Investigation, Denver has identified 16 legislative plates that have racked up a total of $2,100 in fines and penalties that were never paid.

The city government at first promised to track down those lawmakers and make them pay up, but has since decided “that would be too costly and perhaps too difficult to figure out.” I’m sure they’ll take that excuse when you show up in court with $2,100 in unpaid tickets. No worries, citizen.

Or, maybe not. A 2012 report, also from the local CBS affiliate finds the state has gotten better and better at gouging citizens for “improper use of a meter,” sometimes while they’re at a government building waiting to pay their parking tickets, and other such tiny infractions while they give the big guys a pass:

A look at parking ticket records shows that in the last five years, the number of improper use of a meter tickets went up 8-percent. CBS4 asked the Denver Department of Public Works for parking ticket information from 2001, 2006, and 2011. In 2001, Denver collected $13,238,475.04 in parking violations. In 2006, parking ticket revenue went up to $15,759,039.47. In 2011, the city collected $27,728,015.30 in parking tickets, that’s a 76-percent increase in 5 years.

“The most significant part of that is that the fines for many different violations went up,” said Ann Williams, spokesperson for the Denver Department of Public Works.

The city did raise fines on many of its parking violations.

–Street Sweeping: $25 – $50

–Handicapped Parking: $100 – $150

–Meter Violations: $20 – $25

“Just with the five dollar increase on that fine, that equates to a little over a million dollars,” Williams explained.

Williams said that the city got better at collecting past due fines which added to the bottom line. The records show that enforcement agents gave out more tickets. In 2006, Denver gave out 580,342 tickets, that went up to 645,064 in 2011 – an increase of 11-percent.

So, they’ve upped their productivity, they’ve upped the prices of tickets, and they’ve upped their enforcement of past-due fines. Just not for the people in power who encourage them to increase productivity, prices of tickets, and enforcement of past-due fines. Nice gig if you can get it.

Just try getting another branch of city government to give you quicker, more aggressively proactive service than parking enforcement sometime. Ain’t gonna happen. These are the priorities of public servants. They serve each other and gouge you. Enjoy, cash cows.

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The cities should sue the State for the fines.

RickB on August 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Whatever – just shut up and smoke another doobie, peons.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

That is what happens when an stupid liberal voters elect liberal government… Liberals do believe that the government people should be their overlords… make no doubt about it… Liberals are mentally sick people…

mnjg on August 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Seems to suit the folks of Colorado as of late.

Bmore on August 6, 2013 at 9:47 PM

It’s almost as if these people are egging us on.

CurtZHP on August 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

This, among government officials, is called ‘fairness’. They’re more important than the rest of us, after all. We need them, don’t we?

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

When the nation’s chief law enforcement officer and his fuhrer both ignore laws and justice, what do you expect from lesser ruling class members?

ShainS on August 6, 2013 at 9:50 PM

This, among government officials, is called ‘fairness’. They’re more important than the rest of us, after all. We need them, don’t we?

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

The problem is that liberals believe that government people deserve special privileges… that they must be our overlords… I am not talking just about liberals in the government but also about liberal voters, most of them anyway… They are f***ing sick…

mnjg on August 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

OT: VanDehei and Allen are sitting at the Nationals game, likely yucking it up that they dont have to work for Bezos.

faraway on August 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

State lawmakers are getting special perks because of their legislative license plates.
===========================

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…,

I wonder what they say:

NO PAY

SCREW YOU

GOV’T EMPLOY

(sarc)

canopfor on August 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

THEM

US

Any questions?

PappyD61 on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Perks for me…but not for THEE!

Ain’t liberal govt sickening… :)

Scrumpy on August 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

The problem is that liberals believe that government people deserve special privileges… that they must be our overlords… I am not talking just about liberals in the government but also about liberal voters, most of them anyway… They are f***ing sick…

mnjg on August 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Yes! then, when we disregard them like the undergrown brats they are, they tell us we fail them.

Like a kid who nags for a cookie before supper, gets one, then becomes more indignant because he can’t have two.

If you have ever been a parent, you might know what I mean.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Those pols were on their way to important state meetings on such topics as figuring out how to make a law requiring all women to puke on themselves when dealing with a rapist.

Bishop on August 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

THEM

US

Any questions?

PappyD61 on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

I just had to do this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDbeqj-1XOo

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Yes! then, when we disregard them like the undergrown brats they are, they tell us we fail them.

Like a kid who nags for a cookie before supper, gets one, then becomes more indignant because he can’t have two.

If you have ever been a parent, you might know what I mean.

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I have never been a parent but I know exactly what you mean… When I have the unfortunate moments to talk to liberals politically they get so uncomfortable when I tell them that the main goal of our Constitution is to greatly limit the government power over the individual… They believe that the government should control everything in our lives except for sex and abortion… And even there they want the government i.e. tax payers money to should pay for contraceptives and abortion… They are really sick…

mnjg on August 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Tyranny. Plain and simple.

LtGenRob on August 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

…so the politicians are like the illegals?
…when will the masses get sick of obeying any laws?

KOOLAID2 on August 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

THEM

US

Any questions?

PappyD61 on August 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

PappyD61:Zip,and None:O

canopfor on August 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

They are really sick…

mnjg on August 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Liberals never grew up, emotionally or politically. Or even with any kind of sense or graps of honesty or respect.

You’d flip to know how many parents I’ve met who got upset when their bully kids got on trouble for being a bully. They’re the first to call police when their snot offspring got his face bashed in by a littler kid who got tired of his shit.

Never forget Ralphie and Scott Farkas…

Liam on August 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

…so the politicians are like the illegals?
…when will the masses get sick of obeying any laws?

KOOLAID2 on August 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I believe the likelihood is that one of two events will spark some nationwide strike, civil disobedience, protests, and/or rev0lt:

(1) When they come door-to-door for our guns; or

(2) After hyperinflation erodes away enough wealth that most no longer have nothing to loose.

ShainS on August 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Colorado now has a law where residents can vote at any precinct in the state:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/red-pill-blue-bill/2013/aug/4/when-election-fraud-isnt-fraud/

So the Democratic Party or unions can bus people from districts in Denver or Boulder, where a Democratic win is a certainty, to vote in Congressional districts where the outcome is expected to be close. Colorado does NOT require voter ID.

bw222 on August 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Time for a refresher course in the Magna Carta.

Wander on August 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Unfortunately my lovely Colorado became Calirodo and things are starting to suck.

We have a douche named Hickenlooper in office and a declining existence. We have whack jobs politicians telling us how many bullets we can put in our arms, and we have further restrictions on our travel, and taxes paid by the majority that solely support the minority (low info voters).Until recently we had more pot shops than coffee houses.

I miss the John Denver-days. I miss neon spandex ski pants. I don’t miss tattoo’d freaks and liberal trash imports.

patman77 on August 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Is this the contemporary version of “Let them eat cake”?

listens2glenn on August 6, 2013 at 11:31 PM

How about an obamacare waiver while you’re at it. Get out tickets and government healthcare at the same time. After all laws are for little people

jaywemm on August 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM

The Radical Leftist Dims in the new Socialist mecca of Kolorado will continue to do this very thing and WORSE, until enough of the peasants and sheeple get fed up enough to vote them out on their a$$es.

My guess is they’ll be in power for quite some time. And the peasants will think themselves fortunate for the scraps that drop from their ruler’s third chins.

Meople on August 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Unfortunately my lovely Colorado became Calirodo and things are starting to suck.
We have a douche named Hickenlooper in office and a declining existence. We have whack jobs politicians telling us how many bullets we can put in our arms, and we have further restrictions on our travel, and taxes paid by the majority that solely support the minority (low info voters).Until recently we had more pot shops than coffee houses.

I miss the John Denver-days. I miss neon spandex ski pants. I don’t miss tattoo’d freaks and liberal trash imports.

patman77 on August 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I too, miss what was once, and will never be again..

She heard about a place people were smilin’
They spoke about the red man’s way,
and how they loved the land
And they came from everywhere
to the Great Divide
Seeking a place to stand
or a place to hide

Down in the crowded bars,
out for a good time,
Can’t wait to tell you all,
what it’s like up there
And they called it paradise
I don’t know why
Somebody laid the mountains low
while the town got high

The Last Resort ~ Eagles

Joe Mama on August 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM

And yet, some (ostensibly conservative) people tut-tut and poo-poo the notion of a Northern Colorado state.

Jeddite on August 7, 2013 at 12:37 AM

It’s all a plot to make people ride the train or the bus to come downtown.

No one person gets gouged enough to fight city hall.
That’s why governments get away with what they want,
unless the gouged get together.
Maybe for TEA or something.

AesopFan on August 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Smoke that weed and vote for weeds.

You get what you choom for.

Sherman1864 on August 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Just a matter of time before politicians somewhere grant themselves immunity from all sorts of laws. They’ll do it for the children, of course.

Oh.. and also waiting for someone somewhere to suggest we end elections. No point in having anymore elections since we’ve finally arrived at the perfect government.

JellyToast on August 7, 2013 at 6:20 AM

The simple solution is to collect all fines – for any offenses – into a statewide fund that is split up among the state’s residents once a year. If the state wants to recover enforcement costs it can tax some of that back, if the legislature is willing to raise taxes.

Obviously, this will only be possible in states which allow initiatives.

PersonFromPorlock on August 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

The same thing happens in Delaware.

Several years ago, a DE legislator was stopped on a Friday night in Maryland for DUI. When the officer ran the tag it came up empty.

They contacted a DHP bigshot who called my wife at home to find out how to get info on the plate. She told him they would have to wait til Monday and go through the DMV.

The bigshot went to MD and drove the legislator home where he allegedly attacked his wife and allegedly terrorized the babysitter.

He is still a state legislator. People are stupid.

davidk on August 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I live in Colorado and the combination of obscene parking rates, homeless street zombies, and liberal hipsters riding their bicycles IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAMN STREET IN DOWNTOWN DENVER – keep me away from that town like its a leper colony. I live in Colorado Springs, so I don’t feel too bad for the people living in Denver. Denver has ruined the state, so their issues with parking rates are schadenfreude for the rest of us Coloradans.

jfkfc on August 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

socialism is for the people, not the socialists

burserker on August 7, 2013 at 1:48 PM

When they write the history of this age, they’re going to conclude that Americans in the late 1990s through 2016 or so were remarkably stupid. They elected scum to almost every post there was, and then allowed that scum to dictate to them.

Federal employees aren’t paying their income taxes. Does anyone care? Apparently not.

Congress-critters are going to have their Obamacare costs subsidized by us. Does anyone care? Apparently not.

It’s not just as the federal level, either, as this article points out.

Laws are for the little people! Elected-Critters don’t have to obey the laws, because They.Are.The.Law. Or so they think.

Mdirmeie on August 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

I believe the likelihood is that one of two events will spark some nationwide strike, civil disobedience, protests, and/or rev0lt:

(1) When they come door-to-door for our guns; or

(2) After hyperinflation erodes away enough wealth that most no longer have nothing to loose.

ShainS on August 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

(1) Tell that to the folks in New Orleans during Katrina. Not one of them resisted. And not one person who ordered it or participated in the confiscations ever suffered a single consequence.

(2) Hungry people are easy to control. Why do you think the soviets and chinese and any number of other historical tyrannies used that method? When has it not worked?

runawayyyy on August 7, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Coloradans need to revive some old customs….

Tar
Feathers
Hemp rope

Government should fear the people, not the other way around.

georgej on August 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

(1) Tell that to the folks in New Orleans during Katrina. Not one of them resisted. And not one person who ordered it or participated in the confiscations ever suffered a single consequence.

That was then. This is now.

Since then, laws have been passed in most states prohibiting such confiscation.

Since then, almost 100 million NICS checks have been made (80 million since Obama). While I don’t know exact numbers, I’m guessing that at least 20 million were for AR-15′s, the most popular gun being sold today, according to some.

Since then, the Heller and McDonald decisions were rendered clarifying the 2nd Amendment as an INDIVIDUAL right to keep and bear arms.

Since then, every state now allows CCW, including the last holdout, Illinois.

Since then, a majority of elected sheriffs have said they will not obey new federal gun ban laws. In Colorado, 55 sheriffs are suing their state to overturn their new gun grabbing laws. In fact, acts of blatant civil disobedience in Denver have occurred.

Distrust of government, especially the federal government has never been higher, thanks to Barack Hussein Obama. Ramming the unpopular Obamacare down America’s throats has angered 2/3 – 3/4 of Americans, coupled with the blatant attempt to ram through citizenship for illegal aliens which more than 3/4 of Americans oppose. Then there is the Obama Economy.

Toss in Obama’s DHS hoarding of ammunition (1.2 billion rounds of 5.56mm, 9mm, and .40S&W) and the REFLEXIVE massive purchase of Americans of all calibers of ammunition, and you find a different environment than existed during the 2005 post Katrina confiscations.

Expect a large number of the 100 million American gun owners to disobey confiscation orders, magazine bans, and any cooperation with the federal government. Expect some local governments to join in the disobedience. Short of actual armed insurrection and open armed rebellion, Obama can’t even rely upon America’s military to obey orders to fire on Americans engaged in civil disobedience.

In other words, government confiscation of guns will not be successful. They’d have to go house to house, searching and digging up yards and basements, and arresting tens of millions of citizens in the process. Long before a national house to house search would complete, the government officials would be thrown out of office, because it would be insanity to make war on 1/3 of your citizens – those 100 million gun owners.

Remember the supposed quote from Yamamoto that invading America would be crazy because there would a rifle behind each blade of grass.

David Hardy’s article in reason explains why in 2013 America it will not be so easy to confiscate guns.

We’re awake now.

georgej on August 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM