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Do police really write tickets to make money?
The short answer is, No. Law Enforcement Officers are paid a salary and some of them qualify for overtime pay. No LEO’s receive any pay or bonus for writing tickets.
What to say when a cop asks why they pulled you over?
Keep It Simple The officer might ask “Do you know why I stopped you?” If you answer at all, your answer should always be “No.” Similarly, if the officer asks “Do you know how fast you were going?,” the best answer is “Yes.” The officer may then tell you how fast you were going but do not argue.
Why do police officers get so many traffic tickets?
Unfortunately, the response is a common one: it all comes down to money. Plenty of police departments around the United States are facing higher expenses and smaller budgets, and have come to see traffic tickets as a way to increase revenue. Need more money to buy equipment or give raises or pay pensions? Write more tickets and collect more fines.
Why is it so hard to hand out traffic tickets?
“The difficulty comes when there are significant work place consequences imposed on officers if they fail to hand out a certain number of tickets in a prescribed period of time.” Most of us would call that a quota, but police management and city bureaucrats are reluctant to use the “Q” word.
How many tickets did the police issue in 2011?
Police there issued 57,000 tickets in 2011. In 2012, city hall asked the police to increase their revenue from tickets by $1.4 million. Critics say police officers are under pressure to issue a certain number of tickets.
What are traffic ticket quotas and how do they work?
Traffic ticket quotas — a practice in which police officers are either pressured or strictly required to issue a certain number of traffic tickets in a certain time frame — were once kept under wraps but are now pretty much out in the open. Some police departments deny that they have ever engaged in the practice, while others staunchly defend it.