DC Council votes to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro

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DC Council votes to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro

Post by davinp » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:11 am

The D.C. Council voted 11 to 2 on Tuesday to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro, officially eliminating the possibility of arrest or jail time and instituting a maximum fine of $50 for jumping the turnstiles.

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Re: DC Council votes to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro

Post by mtuandrew » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:15 pm

Good, it’s a win-win for everyone.

Except if you are a big fan of retributive justice, anyway.

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Re: DC Council votes to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro

Post by ThirdRail7 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:17 pm

If the threat of jail and a 300 dollar fine didn't curb turnstile jumping, this will not help the cause. However, if it was never enforced anyway, they might as well be realistic and perhaps people will just fork over the 50.
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Re: DC Council votes to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro

Post by JackRussell » Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:14 am

ThirdRail7 wrote:If the threat of jail and a 300 dollar fine didn't curb turnstile jumping, this will not help the cause. However, if it was never enforced anyway, they might as well be realistic and perhaps people will just fork over the 50.
What do they enforce these days? People eat on metro now and leave litter on the trains - years ago that just never happened. Kids now discharge fire extinguishers on a seemingly regular basis - I don't remember reading about that in the past. Now they want to decriminalize turnstile jumping.

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Re: DC Council votes to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro

Post by phillyrube » Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:45 am

"If you jump a subway turnstile, you might just get off with a warning from the police.

But if you jump a subway turnstile carrying a loaded gun and smoking a joint, you just might need to get your ass kicked."
Chris Rock

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