Legislators in states around the country are pursuing action to end to ticket quotas and police going on ticket-writing sprees.
Communities all over the map are able to raise much money 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%.