Posted by: bigtalksingapore | January 15, 2010

Pegging driving crime to income for Super Rich

Chinese New Year is approaching and there will be many people out in the street celebrating.
As usual, we should expect an increased in the number of drunk drivers, so watch out !

I saw an article in “Today” newspaper and I think we should implement it in Singapore (Attachment #1).

For the “Super Rich” , we should peg some of our driving fines to their income.
The obvious reason is that fines are mean to deter people.
The “Super Rich” being “Super Rich” will not feel the pinch of the fines at all, so fine is obviously not a deterrent to them.

Remember the news  where a Shin Min News editor got away with just 1 day jail and $2000 fines ?
All these from causing traffic accident, injuring a motorcyclist and killing the pillion
(https://bigtalksingapore.wordpress.com/2009/04/18/shin-min-daily-news-editor-got-1-day-jail-for-causing-accident/).

In the news editor case, I would “Big Talk” the following….

  • If the editors is earning more than S$10,000 per month, her fine should be pegged to her income.
    If not, the fine can be $2000.
  • Assume that the editor income is $15,000.
  • For every one person she killed, the fine should be 100% of her income.
    Fine = $15,000.
  • For every one person she injured, the fine should be 50% of her income.
    Fine accumulate to $15,000 + (0.5 x 15000) = $22,500
  • For causing traffic accident, the fine should be 25% of her income.
    Final Fine is now $22,500 + (0.25 x 15000)= $26,250.
  • On top of the fine, the editor should pay compensation to the victims of her crime.

Having said that, I think the fine pegging should not be use for minor driving crime like illegal parking and etc.

Attachment #1:  “Today”, 12 Jan 2010, Page 27
http://www.todayonline.com

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