How an empty gas tank can lead to tickets, warrants, & incarceration…
Gary’s car ran out of gas because he decided to take a chance to drive on a near empty gas tank. Gary didn’t have much of a choice, he lives in rural Georgia and he needs to pickup his check from work. He’s dead broke and plans to fill up his tank, purchase groceries and pay a few bills with his paycheck this week. Unfortunately, today is not Gary’s day and his car runs out of gas on the interstate. The Traffic Safety Departments sends out a HERO truck to aid Gary but a police officer also arrives and he does not seem to be in a good mood.
Despite Gary’s recount of his misfortune, the officer writes Gary a ticket for ‘Creating a Traffic Hazard’. The Officer was impatient, brusque and lacked empathy. Things will not go Gary’s way today. He silently accepts his ticket. At least he is still alive, but he wonders how he is going to pay the fine; which he later learned was $345 ticket, when he didn’t even have $5 for gas that morning.
The Gary scenario plays out thousands of times in the United States each day. Gary will accept a payment plan from the judge which he will struggle to maintain. He will miss a payment, then a warrant will be issued for his arrest. The arrest will come with time off from work, more fines, more fees, and ultimately Gary will lose his minimum wage job and become a pawn of the justice system.
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