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 revenue. There are 80 where the share exceeded 50%.
States with the most municipalities exceeding the 50% threshold are Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia and Texas.
About 20 states have acted to discourage practices that pressure law enforcement officers to write tickets or meet ticket quotas.