Criminals Must Pay Higher Fines to Help Support Public Safety [Opinion]
As Billings continues to grapple with budget shortfalls when it comes to public safety, why in the hell don't officials raise the fines on criminals?
Let's make all the people breaking the law pay for law enforcement. The crooks should pay more.
It cost more to licence your pickup than the fine does for driving without insurance. That's not right. A first time DUI offense for under $600, when the drive could potentially have killed someone, is not high enough.
How about letting nonviolent offenders reduce their prison time by paying larger fines?
Fines simply need to be higher.
If you're a law-abiding citizen it wont impact your budget, but higher taxes will.