Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 13, 2011 7:20 AM

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Bar fines are unjust

The thought of someone getting a $700 to $800 ticket solely for being in a bar after 10 p.m. is ridiculous when there are plenty of underage people at house parties — and these partiers are merely told to disperse.

I am not in support of breaking the law; I’m just stating my opinion about the overpriced fines. I agree that there should be a just punishment for breaking any law. However, I strongly believe that a *just* punishment requires a penalty that fits the crime. It seems a little harsh to jump to such a high penalty so soon after the enactment of Iowa City’s 21-ordinance, which went into effect less than a year ago.

As previously stated by Taylor Casey, this offense is not comparable to an OWI. It should not face a similar punishment. The price should at least be cut in half to make the fine $325 to $350 for underage people caught in a bar after the legal hour.

I think that the City Council should take the time and re-evaluate the fine. It is an issue of justice, because, in reality, it is teens’ parents that will most likely wind up paying the consequences for this ticket. It is obvious that a young college student could not possibly afford this type of ticket, and therefore, it results in a blow to their parents’ wallet.

In these economic times, the most justifiable way to make sure that these teens are paying for their own mistakes is to reduce the fee and/or do community service.

Alexis Llamas
UI freshman

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