Can you be fined with $1600 for missing a license plate decal?
As recently as this month, we’ve stumbled upon a curious legal case study. It all started with a Texas municipal court judg fining a woman with $1,590 for a missing decal on her car license plate … Though just a few days after, the judge has obviously changed her mind about the penalty and its amount.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week reported on the plight of 52-year-old Fulton County resident Linda Ford and what the paper described as an “outlandish” fine that had been imposed by Grantville Municipal Court Judge Lisa R. Reeves. The woman repeatedly tried to pay the fine at once, but she just missed a deadline… To understand how the case unfolded, let’s roll back to the last fall, when Ms. Ford’s troubles began.
It was then, when on an unfortunate occasion she’s been driving past the local police department building, as the Grantville, TX police officer pulled her over and accused of missing a plate.
According to the journalist who was at the scene accidentally, that’s what happened next:
She was about to attend a local church’s yard sale, where she intended to raise some money for homeless women of Grantville.
While she passed the police building, the officer pulled her over, he said, because her license place cover had too much tint on it.
Despite the fact that it was the dirt — not tinting — blown from the car’s exhaust which ultimately made it difficult to read her plate, the officer didn’t bother to note that down.