Traffic Stops for Profit

Yes. it’s Halloween, but here’s something really spooky. Some cops pull over people just to make money.

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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About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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13 Responses to Traffic Stops for Profit

  1. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    Thia is not the way it’s supposed to be. Police solemnly swear to uphold the law. When one doesn’t, it makes the honorable officers look bad.

  2. Dharma says:

    It’s very said that happens, but I know it does. Sometimes it’s hard to get good cops!

  3. Tom T. Trucker says:

    Some cops are honest. Some aren’t. Same with everything.

    Some cities have police departments that can’t afford them. So they make their cops give out tickets to pay their own salaries.

  4. Patrickoff says:

    A cop did that with me. I punched him in the nose. Six months later I got out.

  5. Dr. Sinister Craven says:

    That problem is everywhere. Usually it’s small towns with incompetent deputies and a sheriff who’s also justice of the peace. Like Mayberry.

  6. Budger says:

    Bad Cops Bad Cops,
    Whatcha Gonna Do,
    Whatcha Gonna Do
    When They Come For You?

  7. Miley Spears says:

    It’s awful that some cops do this. We majorly should screen cops more so we don’t get this!

  8. Pet Girl says:

    We know one cop who’s super. He’s honest.

    Most cops you just act real sweet and innocent and show them some skin and they’ll let you off with a warning.

  9. Hairstyles to Stop Funding Department of Homeland Security Abuse says:

    Someone knocking at the door
    Somebody ringing the bell
    Someone’s knocking at the door
    Somebody’s ringing the bell
    Do me a favour
    Open the door
    And let ’em in
    It’s the police come to give you a traffic ticket while you sit on your living room couch for posting this.

    (Most of the lyrics in the post are from “Let ‘Em In” as written by Paul McCartney and made famous by his then band Wings. –TLF)

  10. Problem police are in the news so much these days. I hope most of them are doing good jobs. But it is the ones who are not who get the publicity.

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