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Do Ticket Quotas Really Exist in California

Do Ticket Quotas Really Exist in California blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

It’s no secret that Traffic tickets generate huge amounts of revenue every year for states and local municipalities. As reported by the Los Angeles Superior Court in its 2011 Annual Report, there are approximately 2 million traffic tickets issued in Los Angeles County every year and the typical total fine for a speeding violation is $480.

This begs the question: are law enforcement officers encouraged or required to hand out a minimum number of traffic citations or meet ticket quotas?

Traffic ticket quotas are explicitly prohibited by most jurisdictions, including California, but there is some evidence to suggest they may exist in some law enforcement agencies.  Just recently it was reported (local news nbclosangeles.com) that the City of Los Angeles agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle lawsuits by 11 police officers who claimed they were punished for failing to meet or objecting to traffic ticket quotas.

Police Chief Charlie Beck denied that the Los Angeles Police Department had traffic ticket quotas — which are illegal under state law — but said traffic officers did have productivity goals. Beck said a jury “interpreted” the LAPD West Traffic Division’s goal of spending 80 percent of their time on traffic code violations that could lead to serious injuries or deaths, as an unlawful quota but denies that it was a quota system under the law. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets. 

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This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

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