Regarding the June 21 Metro article “Toles gets probation before judgment”:
Karen R. Toles (D-Suitland), a member of the Prince George’s County Council, was charged with reckless driving for exceeding 100 mph on the Capital Beltway on Feb. 22. In addition to receiving probation before judgment, she had to pay a fine of only $400 and avoided having as many as six points placed on her driving record.
Through a spokesman, the state’s attorney indicated that he was satisfied with the outcome of the case because Ms. Toles had “been held accountable.”
In what alternate reality does a $400 fine hold Ms. Toles accountable for her thoughtless and aggressive behavior — driving more than 100 mph, making rapid lane changes and not stopping immediately when directed by a police officer to do so, according to police testimony?
In what conceivable way does this outcome protect the public from drivers like Ms. Toles? What about the rights of other drivers not to be injured or killed while just trying to get through their day?
Justice did not prevail in this case, and that makes me wonder what hope responsible drivers have. If our legal system doesn’t respect us — the responsible drivers — how can we respect our legal system?
William Harris, Springfield