The wages of speed

Oklahoma City wants a new police HQ/municipal court — no surprise there, the old one is way past its prime — and one proposed scheme to pay for it is to jack up the court costs for speeding tickets:

Speeding tickets have a lower court cost associated with them than other moving violations, and the cost hasn’t risen in eight years… The bump by $11 would bring in an extra $500,000 a year and save the city interest payments that would be associated with some of the other payment options.

Not that I have a problem with this, particularly, inasmuch as the amount they’ve made from my (lack of) moving violations in the past three decades is right at $0, but half a million dollars from an eleven-buck bump? Is it possible that the city hands out 45,000 speeding tickets a year?


  1. fillyjonk »

    7 October 2011 · 7:14 am

    They will now.

    (It has long been rumored, but no one will confirm, that certain towns have quotas of tickets the police must issue. So while you’re probably safe going 8 mph over the limit the first week of the month, it’s supposedly much riskier to do it at the END of the month.)

  2. Roger Green »

    7 October 2011 · 8:26 am

    re your question, ask them, and if they don’t tell you, file a FOIL

  3. Dan B »

    7 October 2011 · 2:43 pm

    FOIL won’t work if the quota requirement isn’t on paper. Which, I promise you, it isn’t. Open government? RRIIGGHHTT.

    According to OKC’s website there are 1029 uniformed police officers.

    45,000 tickets/year / 1029 per officer = 43.7 tickets/year per officer

    Even if 1/3 of the cops (detectives, bigwigs, politicians-in-uniform, etc.) never write a ticket, one ticket every 3 work days (assuming 240 work days a year) from the rest would be 54,880 tickets, or 22% above that 45,000 ticket target.

  4. hatless in hattiesburg »

    7 October 2011 · 10:54 pm

    where there are tickets there are ticket quotas – at least it’s not as bad as in estelline tx

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