It’s no secret that the courts are notoriously slow, and sometimes even dangerous places.
But sometimes, as in the case of the speeding tickets that the Transportation Department issued to three former Air Force officers and their two children, the process can be a lot of fun and it’s not always that easy.
As the Inquisitr reported, three Air Force Officers filed speeding tickets for driving under the influence (DUI) and other minor offenses in June 2017.
The court ordered the officers to pay $25,000 each and to perform 30 hours of community service.
The Air Force issued tickets for speeding on the weekends and holidays, as well.
The court, however, also said that the officers were not entitled to any money from the tickets, which the department has been using as an incentive for speeding.
In a statement to Vice News, the Transportation Secretary stated that the department is “reviewing” the court’s order.
“Our officers are currently subject to traffic tickets issued by the Department of Transportation, but the court order does not address this issue, which is being reviewed,” Transportation Secretary Robert Lighthizer said.
In February 2018, an appeals court reversed the Department’s decision, and said the officers had no right to any payment.
“The officers are entitled to no monetary compensation for the time and expense of complying with the court summons,” Judge Timothy H. Davis wrote in his ruling.
Davis also ruled that the Air Force violated the Constitution by refusing to comply with court orders that would have required the officers not to “exercise any discretion that would lead them to believe that their exercise of discretion would be detrimental to their public safety.”
The Air Force appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case.