To Serve And Collect

Every now and then, someone trots out the old saw that traffic enforcement is all about public safety, not about revenue. That the point is to get more people to obey the laws and drive safely, not to rake in the bucks.

As the old saying goes, whenever someone says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.

In Massachusetts, at least, they’re up front about it. They had to pull cops off the highway and have them help keep people safe after a chunk of the Big Dig tunnel’s roof collapsed, killing a motorist. As a consequence, their revenues from traffic tickets took a hefty hit, so they’re pushing the cops to write more tickets.

Of course, it’s ALL in the name of public safety, of course…

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