This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Traffic Ticket CEO Outraged Over Escalating Traffic Fines

Steve Soldis owns http://www.TrafficSchoolOnline.com, a Santa Rosa-based business that offers people a convenient way to handle traffic citations. His company earns revenues when drivers need to take traffic school. So why is Soldis furious about the increase in ticket fines and fees in California? For Steve Soldis, it's all about justice.

"Don't get me wrong," he says wryly. "I am in the 'ticket business'! However, I see an injustice being committed here. It's becoming the government against the people. The bureaucracy is draining the people only to balance their budget problems, and we don't have a say. It just isn't right. I condemn such exploitation."

What Soldis objects to is that fees and penalties for traffic violations are being significantly increased to compensate for a depleted state budget. (For some facts and figures, read "California Traffic Penalties Skyrocket" at http://trafficschoolonline.com/blog/.) With unemployment at an all-time high, he believes it's harsh and unfair to burden taxpayers with excessive fines to replenish state coffers.

For example, when the state government demanded a 32 percent increase in its share of parking tickets, the city of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County and Sonoma State University raised the cost of each parking ticket $3 to offset the rate hike. Now Santa Rosa Junior College wants to increase the cost of its parking tickets from $40 to $45 - a 12.5 percent increase. Even the small town of Cloverdale, California charges $49.00 for a simple meter violation.

Soldis says it's time for the people to stand up and protest. "The government should not be in business to make profits, but to enforce the law and deter the problems. If somebody who earns minimum wage in Santa Rosa misses the meter by five minutes, the government takes most of that person's daily pay! It's totally outrageous!"

Soldis is a distance learning innovator who works with legislators, industry professionals, teen drivers and parents to improve driver safety through online education courses. He created http://www.TrafficSchoolOnline.com in 1997 when he realized he'd have to travel 45 miles to attend traffic school for a moving violation. As CEO of a nationally recognized service program, he's become a strong advocate for integrity within the motor vehicle industry.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,943.81 +28.74 0.17%
S&P 500 1,967.57 +2.89 0.15%
NASDAQ 4,415.49 +19.2860 0.44%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto
Advertising Partners

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs