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Old 09-01-2010, 05:25 AM
 
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I don't understand the complaint about quotas. There are plenty of violations going on everywhere. They could write far more tickets than they do now. They should be writing more.
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Say-Town! Texas
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I don't understand the complaint about quotas. There are plenty of violations going on everywhere. They could write far more tickets than they do now. They should be writing more.
lets hear you say that when you get a BS ticket for something you didn't do.

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Old 09-01-2010, 07:53 AM
 
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I don't understand the complaint about quotas. There are plenty of violations going on everywhere. They could write far more tickets than they do now. They should be writing more.
If you've ever lived in an over-policed area (try Montrose, CO), you'd understand. There are too many cops, and they all need to meet a quota, which results in ridiculous tickets. I had 6 tickets dismissed by the judge in Montrose in one year, and every time he commented, "I really don't understand why you were given this ticket." and then he proceeds to tell me how I can get the record sealed for the charge if I want to.

Last time I was pulled over there, it was because the officer thought the tread on my tires looked like they might have too much wear (they were only six months old), of course he admitted they were nearly new after seeing them up close and instead ticketed me for a small 3 inch crack in the bottom center of my windshield.

Once, on highway 50 between Montrose and Grand Junction, I was pulled over 3 times in less than 10 miles for a broken headlight.

Quotas are a joke and border on harassment in some cases.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Even if there is no quota, cops love to give tickets, because every time the driver contests the ticket in court, the cop gets overtime for the court appearance, or else a few hours in off the beat. When a cop writes a ticket, they even remind you that you can contest it in court.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Even if there is no quota, cops love to give tickets, because every time the driver contests the ticket in court, the cop gets overtime for the court appearance, or else a few hours in off the beat. When a cop writes a ticket, they even remind you that you can contest it in court.
I haven't met a cop yet who would rather spend his day sitting in a courtroom than being out on the beat. Cops jump through hoops to become cops because they want to be on the beat.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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lets here you say that when you get a BS ticket for something you didn't do.
I think I read this 6 times before I guessed what you meant. For those of you still scratching your heads, it means "Let's hear you . . . "
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:33 AM
 
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Even if there is no quota, cops love to give tickets, because every time the driver contests the ticket in court, the cop gets overtime for the court appearance, or else a few hours in off the beat. When a cop writes a ticket, they even remind you that you can contest it in court.
I've contested a few and I've never had an officer show. I guess if it was something more than just a cracked windshield they might bother. Of course, they don't show and I win. It's pretty gratifying.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Really? You're making a blanket statement that may simply not apply to a lot of areas in the country.

I know I've spent a lot of time on I-25 in Colorado in clear weather in a 75 mph zone where many people are driving 5-10 mph below that speed ... and even slower when they hit the grades. Either inattentive or unwilling to drive the speed limit, and unwilling to yield the road to faster traffic.
I said "on urban freeways". I bet the speed limit in Colorado is not 75 through the middle of Denver. Blanket statements are fine, even if they "may" not apply in "a lot of" places when people "hit the grades"---such as the few places that have 75-mph speed limits. Americans very consistently drive 70 mph on freeways, regardless of the speed limit. If the limit is less than that, they're speeding, and that's what they do.

Every day in the USA, tens of millions of drivers exceed the speed limit. The police could probably issue a billion speeding tickets a month, and the fines would total a trillion dollars a year. But instead, they cull enough out of the herd to meet their quota, and it you're the one, you pay. They probably mostly ticket the relatively slow ones, because they're easier to catch.

To make things even worse, once you get the ticket, your insurance company "fines" you even more than the judge. And that's another angle on the cahoots racket that punishes you for being the randomly-selected loser.

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Old 09-01-2010, 08:53 AM
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Quota's are real. They may not call them "quota's" but they are quite real.


YouTube - Your Local Police Do Have Arrest / Ticket Quotas (they just think you're too dumb to figure it out)


YouTube - NYPD Police Officer Admits to arrest quotas
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Say-Town! Texas
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I think I read this 6 times before I guessed what you meant. For those of you still scratching your heads, it means "Let's hear you . . . "
good to see youre still on top of your game so late in life.
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