Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Price is Right

Apparently the prospect of 15 years in a Michigan penitentiary is not enough to deter a driver from picking off a construction worker in an orange vest.

So goes the thinking of the Department of Transportation, who decided it made sense to tack on an additional financial punishment for reckless driving.

Oh to have been a fly on the wall when this bureaucratic gem went through committee...

Bureaucrat #1: 15 years is good, but why don't we add an additional fine to show folks we mean business? Something like $5,000.

Bureaucrat #2: $5,000 sounds so crass. It's such a rounded off number. Like a game show prize.

Bureaucrat #3: He makes a good point. I think we should make it $10,000.

Bureaucrat #4: That doesn't solve the problem.

Chairperson: I agree, besides that's way too much. Let's not forget these guys are patching potholes on the Southfield Highway, they're not building the Taj Mahal.

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