Controversy in Salta: they propose to pay traffic fines with blood donations

A judge of the Court of Misdemeanors of the Municipality of Tartagal, in the province of Salta, proposed a controversial way of paying traffic fines. As long as they are minor faultssuggests that offenders can choose between economic payment or a blood donation.

The unique measure was proposed on August 1 and requires a one-time donate your own blood or someone you send on your behalf to pay the fines. The controversial proposal was ruled by the Judge of Misdemeanors Farid Obaid.

Likewise, Obeid clarified that the donor can be both the person who has committed the minor infraction, as well as a third party proposed to take his place. It is a fairly good alternative to correct the infraction”, said Obeid in dialogue with local media in the province.

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Obeid explained that donating blood would always be a alternative to community work to repair minor infractions and “as long as it’s not a repeat offender”. “What is sought with this is not to collect but to raise awareness,” said the judge, detailing that the measure occurred to him when he saw a blood collection campaign initiated by a hospital.

He also clarified that the act of donation will continue to be totally “voluntary” since “no one is being forced”.

Obeid considered his initiative as a benefit for the offenders themselves, given that the money they had to pay for the fine “will be able to be saved for other things.” According to the authorities of the municipality of Salta, the amount for these traffic violations starts from $6800.

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For the moment, the provincial deputy of the department of San Martín, Gladys Paredesmade the project known and warned of irregularities.

However, the councilors of Tartagal will also request a request for reports in the session of the Deliberative Council, in the absence of a legal framework that supports the proposed determination.

And finally, they will ask you will ask Judge Farid Obeid to provide explanations corresponding to the controversial measure.

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