Navy Vet Sues Over Abusive Driver Law

August 8, 2007

A navy veteran on his way to the Pentagon is suing Virginia over its abusive fee program.

Charles Mason is asking an Arlington General District Court judge to declare the civil remedial fees unconstitutional. The fees range from $700 to $3000 for various driving offenses.

Courts in Henrico County and Richmond have already ruled the fees unconstitutional but the rulings are only applicable in those areas. Mason was stopped for driving 20 miles over the speed limit on Interstate 395.

He faces $1,050 in fees if convicted. Mason has a clean driving record and no criminal record. One lawmaker says that if Mason had contested the ticket in court, he wouldn't be convicted of reckless driving.

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