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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Tags: police, speed, speeding, tickets, traps

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on June 29, 2013 at 10:53am


Oh come on, one little caning what's the harm?  Even if you haven't broken the law yet, you probable will in the future, so consider this Paying It Forward. :D

Comment by Strega on June 29, 2013 at 11:07am

Not likely to break the law on the driving front Gregg - I've never driven.

Slightly more serious note, however, why did you say that Singapore cannot be compared to the USA or the UK?

Comment by Unseen on June 29, 2013 at 11:46am

So, our friendly witch, when do you plan to start driving?

Comment by Strega on June 29, 2013 at 11:54am

Laughs, I plan it constantly.  I just haven't converted the plan to activity.  I mean, you just wiggle the steering wheel from side to side and press a lever or two with your foot, don't you?  What could possibly go wrong?  Any day now, I'll be parking up my broomstick and giving it a go...  Any day now...

Comment by Strega on June 29, 2013 at 12:10pm

Now you're starting to sound like the Vermonters, who apparently want me to restrict my driving experience to out-of-state routes.  Where's the encouragement?!

Comment by Unseen on June 29, 2013 at 12:18pm

You should look forward to a life without minions (those idiots you cajole or coerce into being your chauffeur). ;)

Comment by Gregg R Thomas on June 29, 2013 at 12:40pm


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. :(

Comment by Strega on June 29, 2013 at 12:46pm

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

Comment by Gallup's Mirror on July 1, 2013 at 9:45am


You're probably half-kidding with your shock, but it's really not that surprising if you think about it. Strega hails from London. Public transportation in that city is quite good, perhaps better (definitely cleaner) than in Manhattan and Boston, where owning a car can be more trouble and expense than it's worth. If you live in a major city it's often quicker and easier to walk, cycle, or take a train to get around.

I don't know if this applies to Strega or not, but it definitely applies to some of my other friends. To them getting a driver's license for the city is about as useful and necessary as getting a clam digging license for the Rocky Mountains.

I think Strega will do just fine learning to drive in Vermont. Only 89 people live in the entire state, so word will get around quickly to keep an eye out for the new driver until she gets the hang of it. She'll be a pro in no time!

Comment by Unseen on July 1, 2013 at 10:01am

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.


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