May 22, 2015


Letters to the Editor

More lucrative than bootlegging

A Winnipeg police officer busts a driver for a traffic violation.

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A Winnipeg police officer busts a driver for a traffic violation. Photo Store

I'm disappointed that the Winnipeg Police Service study (Review a bust, Oct. 30) had little to say about organized crime in our city.

I'm referring, of course, to the cost of our traffic fines and the fact the add-ons to these fines -- court costs, surcharges, taxes -- increase the fines by about a whopping 115 per cent. What's even more unconscionable is one of these add-ons is a surcharge that has absolutely nothing to do with by far the majority of traffic offences.

It's to help and compensate the victims of crime. Seems to me it's some of us who are the victims. No doubt famous criminal CEOs such as Al Capone, Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano would have tipped their fedoras in awe of the banditry some people can get away with without a gun.

 

BARRY CRAIG

Winnipeg

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 1, 2013 A12

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