I did a dumb thing and got a ticket for talking on my cell phone while driving. The fine was $20, but with all the extra “fees” (local, county, and state), the total came to $162.
A red light ticket here in California can easily run $500 depending on the city.
The legislature is so crazy that even our loony liberal governor warned them to take it easy.
NJ has raised fees and tolls, but this only works on the “legitimate” population of the state. Illegals and welfare thugs still don’t register/inspect cars, so whole areas are basically ungovernable (especially since we laid off so many cops over the last few years).
These states simply tax themselves into irrelevance.