About time we treated speeders as the deadly criminals they are.
Hopefully this bill is a prelude to also reclassify speeding from it's
present infraction category to misdemeanor and in extreme cases felony
status. Lets stop coddling these killers and maimers.
THE TENNESSEAN May 16, 2009
Tennessee speeders could get fingerprinted
Motorists stopped for traffic violations in Tennessee could be
fingerprinted if state lawmakers approve a bill pending in the
Currently, when drivers are cited during traffic stops, police officers
ask for the driver's signature on the ticket, but the proposed bill would
allow police departments to eliminate signatures and collect
Supporters say collecting fingerprints would save money and help police
determine whether the driver is wanted for a criminal offense, but
opponents worry that it allows the government to tread on individual
"The way I see it, if they take your fingerprint, they have access to
your history and that's an invasion of privacy," said Martha Simms, 27, a
mother of two who recently got a speeding ticket in Davidson County.
State Sen. Joe Haynes and State Rep. Mike Stewart co-sponsored the bill,
which gives police departments the choice of collecting a signature or a
fingerprint, or collecting a signature and a fingerprint. The bill has
been approved by the state House of Representatives, and senators will
vote on the measure Wednesday.
The bill, if passed, will take effect on July 1. At that time, any police
department within the state could require fingerprinting as a means of
identification, said Haynes, a Goodlettsville Democrat. "It's their
discretion," he said