- Jun 28, 2004
- Real Name
It's not so much the money grab, as certain agencies don't actually get a cut of the revenue generated by tickets. But what bothers me (and I say this as someone kind of on the inside) is the way they measure success on those weekends is by how many tickets get written. The official stance is that it's "accident reduction efforts". But unofficially it's become a numbers game. They put at least 75% of the force on the road and tell them to write as many tickets as possible. I don't have a problem with the 75% working. That's fine to add extra visibility. But I have an issue when I see a cop writing a ticket during the weekend that I know he wouldn't have written the prior Thursday.This may have been said by someone else earlier in this thread (I might have said it)- as a truck driver, I’ve seen this every Summer holiday weekend- the cops are out in full force the day before the extended weekend starts, setting up speed traps, and raking in the bucks. While I have enormous respect for our LEO’s, I have little or no respect for this practice. Yes, I’ll agree with everyone who says the drivers should know this practice by now, and be conscious of the speed limit, but at the same time this practice has a scummy, take money from the citizens vibe to it. Last Thursday morning, on I-75 south between Cincinnati and Georgetown KY, I saw 4 trooper vehicles on the shoulder, within a 1/4 mile of each other, each one with the blue lights on, each one sitting behind a car. Yuck.