It happened to me. I was driving through a small Texas town, and was slowing down to make a left turn into the parking lot of a mini-mart. The cop car’s lights flashed behind me, and I pulled into the parking lot but did not look at my speedometer. I didn’t check my speed because I had no concept I was about to get a speeding ticket–I had been following the speed limit even before I slowed down.
As it ended up, I found out someone my family knew had gotten a ticket from the same cop immediately before me–for the exact same speed. I knew it was a scam. She contacted the city clerk (who was her friend), and I did some legal research and went to court. Both tickets were dropped. So the city had to make its money off other victims.
Not everyone is so lucky. People have gotten arrested and even injured for questioning bogus traffic tickets as you can see here.
Note that, as a journalist who covered crime, I’ve dealt with some highly qualified, dedicated police officers. Frankly, it was a shock to me when I first dealt with a cop who wasn’t. Unfortunately, I’ve dealt with several since.
Police image is by Anna Velichkovsky
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