Originally Posted by joexr
I don't really think it's a good deterrent. People will lose their licenses because they can't pay the ridiculous fines and STILL drive out of necessity.
Buy a cheap bike like an old beater SV1000. If the cops chase you run like hell, you've got nothing to lose. If they catch you let them have the bike, then buy another and repeat. Forget paying the fines. It cost money to lock you up.
Here is a quote from a Dallas News article on a bill they are now trying to repeal here.
It turns out that the programís most spectacular achievement is the mass revocation of driverís licenses of the 1.3 million Texans who couldnít or wouldnít keep up with add-on payments amounting to thousands of dollars in some cases. In all, 60 percent of drivers have fallen into arrears on the surcharges, to the tune of a combined $1.7 billion past-due bill to the state.
Now they make up a new class of unlicensed and mostly uninsurable drivers. Turner reckons that many are breaking the law to drive, if thatís what it takes to hold down a job to pay off a surcharge. What a sad irony.
Gonzales points out that uninsurable drivers have pushed up the cost of insurance for the rest of us who pay a total $1 billion a year for protection from those without coverage.
What do we do now? Throw 1.3 million people in jail?