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Illinois Tosses Ticket Quotas

June 15, 2014  | 

Photo: Mark W. CLark
Photo: Mark W. CLark
Legislation signed Sunday by Gov. Pat Quinn bans Illinois police departments from assigning ticket quotas and evaluating officers based on how many citations they issue, reports the Chicago Tribune.

A statement issued by the governor's office said, "Law enforcement officers should have discretion on when and where to issue traffic citations and not be forced to ticket motorists to satisfy a quota system."

The law prevents police departments from assigning an officer a specific number of citations to issue in a given period of time and also stops agencies from comparing officers based on how many tickets they write.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 6/16/2014 7:15 PM

We never had an official ticket quota but the unofficial quota was one ticket per day per month so if you wrote 30 per month the brass stayed off your butt. It's different everywhere though. I tended to write ten per day the first three days of every month and I gave warnings the rest of the month. It's all a number game anyway, Police Departments live for statistics. Some agencies get a set amount of money per ticket and some get the entire amount for their general fund but that varies from state to state.

Henry "Bud" Johnson @ 6/18/2014 8:56 AM

Traffic violations and knowledge of the vehicle code is a great source to conduct traffic stops on suspicious activity and gang members. Such stops lead to some very good arrests for me, i.e. unreported stolen vehicles, recovering weapons and narcotics.
I do not think "scratching cites" is the example of productivity. However, it the Los Angeles area it is difficult not to find a traffic violation.

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