Robert Abbate: Parking fines counterproductive

04/13/2014 5:11 PM

04/13/2014 5:18 PM

In regards to your article “Fines as high as $1,105 possible” (Page A1, April 2) regarding raising of fines for parking misdemeanor and infractions, I find these increases disgusting and counteractive. Many of these fines double and triple. The purpose of such citations shouldn’t be for revenue but merely to provide a proverbial “thorn” to curb such violations. Unfortunately, the result will be to cause further eroding of the public trust in law enforcement. This is not the ideal of “to protect and serve” – and law enforcement and citizens know it.

ROBERT ABBATE

Merced

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