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“It’s a similar motion to what they filed in Henrico, but the difference to me is the guy I got is more sympathetic to me than the guy they had in Henrico,” he said.

Delegate David B. Albo, Fairfax County Republican, said yesterday that it sounds like Mr. Courtnall is trying to “make a name for himself” because if he waited for the Aug. 31 traffic hearing, the odds of a judge convicting Mr. Mason of reckless drivingare “zero point zero zero.”

“There is not a single person in Virginia with a good driving record who gets charged with a 75 in a 55 [mph zone] who ever gets convicted of [reckless driving],” Mr. Albo said. “The judge will always lower it to improper driving.”

Mr. Courtnall said Mr. Albo is ignoring the real issue: the law’s constitutionality.

“Whether a judge would find Mr. Mason guilty or not is not the point,” Mr. Courtnall responded in an e-mail to The Washington Times. “Mr. Albo helped draft/sponsor the law, so of course he is going to defend it.”

House Democratic Caucus Leader Brian J. Moran of Alexandria agreed that the charge against Mr. Mason likely would be reduced in traffic court, but said this case shows that the criminal justice system should be used to punish bad behavior, not to collect money for road and rail projects.

“While the proponents of this law claim that this is only for the worst of the worst drivers, its implementation shows just how draconian these fees really are,” Mr. Moran said.