The Law: Blood Money

"Thirty dollars or 30 days" was once a standard sentence for petty offenses.

Now in Lexington, Ky., errant motorists are being given a novel choice by judges: your money or your blood.

Speeders, reckless drivers and those who have run through a stop sign or a red light can elect to give a pint of blood instead of paying a fine and court costs —unless those two total more than $29.50. The option became available in Fayette County quarterly court this month; in the first week, 15 out of 190 defendants, given the choice, have rolled up their sleeves for the local blood...

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