Legislators in multiple states pursue action that is intended to put an end to police going on ticket-writing sprees.
Communities all over the map are able to generate revenue from different types of fines. In certain locales, fines account for more than half of local revenues. These municipalities are known for being speed traps.
The National Motorists Association says that “a speed trap exists wherever traffic enforcement is focused on extracting revenue from drivers instead of improving safety.”
According to figures compiled by Governing magazine, there are about 600 jurisdictions around the country where fines and forfeitures account for more than 10% of general fund revenues. There are 80 where the share exceeded 50%.
About 20 states have acted to discourage practices that pressure law enforcement officers to write tickets.