Should traffic cops pay be based on tickets?

From CNN: 

It's a theory many drivers have held since their first speeding ticket, that citations are somehow connected to a special perk for the officer writing it.

Now, a memo among Atlanta police officers has reignited such suspicions.

"The mayor has designated traffic court and ticket revenue for future pay increases," Atlanta Police Union President Ken Allen wrote this month.

Some residents scoffed at the idea.

"I'm probably going to switch from sales and join the police force in that case, if that's the way it's working," one resident, Ken Miller,told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. (more)

While some fear that tying pay to ticket-writing productivity, some believe there are very good reasons for doing so:

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor requires his officers to make an average of at least one traffic stop a day. He said many important arrests stem from traffic stops.

"That's where we get most of our narcotic arrests. We get a lot of warrants we've been able to serve," Villasenor told CNN affiliate KGUN. "There's benefit from traffic (stops) that have been proven in city after city. I'm just saying we can't forget that's part of our job." (same source as above)

I think most people drive over the speed limit a good deal of the time, so there's probably little need for the police to fabricate false speeding tickets and no doubt it has some effect, however small, on the speed at which people drive. It also leads to other arrests for more serious crimes.

So, why not?

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  • Gregg R Thomas


    WHAT!!! YOU DON'T DRIVE???'re right caning is too good for need a righteous FLOGGING!!!


    That's the sadist thing I have every heard, you poor dear, I feel so bad for you now. :(

  • Strega

    I'm more irritated that they've started to apply restrictions to my broomstick activities.  When will the madness end?

  • Unseen

    I once dated a woman who grew up in NYC and she didn't know how to drive, either. For her, driving a car was for people who commuted to the city. People who lived there used taxis, buses, and the subway system to get around. London might be much the same. London is a very large city. Almost as large in population terms as Chicago. I've been there. I only rode a bus once (a double-decker, just for the experience), but got around quite a bit using taxis and "the Tube" (subway). I don't think there's anywhere you can't go to efficiently in the London area by public transportation. As in NYC, parking may be a problem. In NYC, it can be an expensive nightmare.