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You gotta hand it to some local judges who have discovered an ingenious method to pimp the state out of badly needed revenue in order to line their own coffers…or at least it has the appearance of that.

Or as the chair of the Senate Judiciary committee more aptly described it, "it absolutely looks like a money grab."

Here's the deal and you'll love it cause it saves you points on your driving record while forcing you to dip deeper into your bank account.

According to the Detroit News, some local judges in Warren are offering motorists an option.

One women appeared, charged by the state police with driving too fast during a recent blizzard.  She was prepared to deny the charge but before she did the judge suggested she could plead guilty to "impeding traffic," whatever the heck that is. She'd have to pay a stiffer fine but no points on her record.

You know what she did and you would, too.

Higher points means higher car insurance rates and if the points pile up, you're taking public transit.

Sen. Rick  Jones (R-Grand Ledge) was not impressed.  While motorists may love it, "that does not make it right."

Here's the rub.  A state police ticket means the money from the violation goes to the state.  The "impeding" plea means the money stays at the local level.

"It doesn't seem appropriate," the judiciary chair opines while adding, "Yes, we need to look into this.  Perhaps legislation is needed."

And apparently this is going on elsewhere.  A local news hound was pulled over for speeding in Farmington Hills and was written up for impeding traffic.

When the inquisitive reporter asked what that was, the officer explained, higher fine but no points.

"That means the money does not go to the state, right?" the reporter asked.

The officer suggested, "I can go back and change it if you like."

You know what the reporter did.

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