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Traffic-Ticket Quotas and the Rule of Law

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There was an interesting long piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on August 24 about ticket quotas in Virginia traffic enforcement. It highlights some of the oddities in traffic enforcement that we don’t often think about.

The Times-Dispatch obtained an email sent to Virginia State Police for a certain area of the state that said troopers should write a minimum of five tickets per day, or “one every two hours.” They quote directly from the email:

It appears . . . that many of you are not aware that we have returned to normal enforcement activity. 4, 5 or 10 tickets for a week of

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