Traffic courts generally sentence offenders according to a system of graduated penalties, meaning that judges determine the degree of punishment based on the severity of the crime. For instance, drivers speeding 10 miles per hour over the limit are fined less than those speeding 25 miles per hour over the limit. Drivers registering a blood alcohol content of 0.08 and those at 0.17 also are seen differently in the eyes of the law.To most people this logic is just common sense, but not to ...

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