Unjust Gains: Speeding Tickets Key to a City’s Economic Growth. COLL 300
Every year, thirty four million speeding tickets are issued in the U.S. That amounts to 93,000 tickets per day, 3,875 per hour, and 65 tickets per minute. Traffic tickets are big business as public and private companies via for their share of the very vulnerable but lucrative driving public. Everyday across the country police officers are out in full number armed with the very latest in speed detection technology and ready to issue tickets to drivers. More and more, drivers are wondering if the increase in the number of tickets being issued along with the escalating costs of the average fine is justifiable. Research shows that issuing more tickets leads to fewer accidents and fewer crash-related injuries. Other articles report that police leaders mandate ticket quotas and that although the number of tickets being issued is rising, accident rates decreased at a much lower rate. While most drivers would agree that this issue is of concern, the majority feel as they are simply easy targets for states and municipalities seeking to increase revenues. This research paper examines the nature and cause of ticket writing to increase revenue and why speeding tickets are a key to a city’s economic growth. It details methods used by police departments, courts, lawyers and the insurance companies to extract money from the driving public. Finally this paper directs motorist’s on how best to minimize their exposure to receiving a speeding ticket and how states can increase revenue without imposing an unjust burden on motorist’s.
Unjust Gains: Speeding Tickets Key to a City’s Economic Growth. Every day all across America tens of thousands of motorists are being speed-trapped, radar-detected, photographed, and ticketed by law enforcement officials. The National Motorist’s Association (2007) has estimated, “not including parking tickets, somewhere...
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