Traffic tickets go up when local government revenue falls. Is that a surprise? Not really. Here's the story in St. Louis Today. The study, by Thomas Garrett and Gary Wagner, quantifies it: "Controlling for other factors, a 1 percentage point drop in local government revenue leads to a roughly .32 percentage point increase in the number of traffic tickets in the following year, a statistically significant connection."
I don't quite understand when people complain about getting tickets. Whatever happened to "do the crime, do the time" (or pay the fine)? Especially when many of those complaining people are the same people who have no sympathy for poor (usually black) men who get arrested for minor drug crimes.
As long as poor black men are a gazillion times more likely to be arrested for drug possession than rich white men, I really wish that folks would stop bitching about how unfair traffic enforcement is. Yeah, it sure does suck when police decide to crack down on the illegal activity that you happen to think "isn't so bad."
The argument has been made that law enforcement should be random. I don't think it should be. But if it were, every law breaker would have an equal chance of getting caught. To be honest, it's not a bad goal.
Personally, I love traffic tickets. I wish even more were given out. And I wish the fines were higher. The city needs money and I don't want it to come from me. Just follow the law, right? And... oh yeah, I don't have a car.