I’m a bit of an old timer who remembers the days of relative freedom on the roads. Yep we had a quarter mile strip out of town were we tore it up. Back when Regular gas meant what it said. Catalytic converter??? Seat-belts optional, but hey not a bad Idea, same for helmets but then again it’s your head. Insurance was that you paid if you messed up.
Now freedom means paying the State everything including your first born child (well they think they own them already). First they passed the mandatory insurance (prices went up) then it was seat-belts (they couldn’t pull you over for it, that’s how it passed) that didn’t last long, now they have checkpoints or places were they sit and watch and the next cop pulls you over.
Registration for everything. I am looking at a $600 a year up front fines just to put my toys on the road. (not including guns,property taxes,SSI and on and on) Cars, boats, snowmobiles, 3 wheelers (no longer made, unsafe) trailers etc etc. In the USSA you have to pay to play.
My state’s newest atrocity is the “driver responsibility law” It’s an extortion racket pulled off by the Michigan Department of Treasury (theft department). If you sneeze sideways you get a ticket if you get a ticket you pay your local fines and then you pay the theft department hundreds or even thousands more or loose your license, ie you can’t even pay to play anymore.
I would like to think that my record speaks for itself. Decades of driving without an accident, heck if you added up myself, wife, parents and kids it would be centuries without an accident. However, somehow I am not a “Responsible” driver. (responsible means paying them money)
Here is an idea. Why not give me back my money for every year that I have driven safely? Now that might promote “Responsibility”. After that just leave me alone and if I mess up let someone sue me for damages.
Best Regards, Just a Guy, longing for the days of freedom.