My Son Broke The Law – Did The Punishment Fit The Crime?
Maybe it's the mama bear in me. Maybe it's just the fact that I feel this is unreasonable. My son broke the law. He doesn't deny that. I don't deny that. He didn't rob a bank. He wasn't driving under the influence. He didn't put anyone in harm's way. But, he did break the law.
He drove 100 feet the wrong way down a one-way street. It was 10 pm at night and nobody was on the road (except, obviously, the APD). He was going to his dad's. He was being lazy, I get that. It was a no-no. Neither one of us are disputing that. He got busted in the driveway. Received a ticket for $188.
He paid it. Then received a letter from BMV telling him he was losing his license for 30 days and in order to get it reinstated, he would have to pay $50 PLUS take an Alive at 25 course which is $50. This is his first offense.
So, my question is...does the punishment fit the crime? Does going 100 feet the wrong way justify $288 fines & fees plus losing his license for 30 days?
Does the punishment fit the crime?