Would you believe me if I told you we could reduce the crime rate by reducing government spending? I believe we can, and I’ll share my logic with you. Would you believe me if I told you that the majority of the money you pay for a traffic ticket is probably going to the state and local government? When state and local deficits occur, they look for methods of filling the deficit. Tax increases and new taxes must be voted in (in TABOR states, at least). This might not go over too well and might require a special election, which could be expensive.
Traffic fines, it turns out, is the local governments hidden financial ace in the pocket. Fines aren’t taxes. They also already exist. All the state has to do is raise them, or tell their revenue-generating cop peons to go out and fulfill a bigger quota. There’s statistical evidence that a correlation exists between recessions and increase in traffic tickets. Does this surprise you?
Government Wants Us All To Be Criminals
Not the type of criminal that requires incarceration. Rather, the type of criminal that gets fined, goes to court and pays their fee like a good little citizen. These kinds of citizens are the real revenue generators. There’s no incarceration expenses, no public attorney that has to be appointed and no real trial. Just pure revenue. Felony offenders aren’t the same. They’re some major overhead.
Just look at all the nanny-state laws that keep getting passed. Each nanny-state law is another chance to ticket and fine innocent non-violent offenders. These are revenue-generating charges. Not charges that protect and serve the people. I wonder how many of these laws are actually implemented just to create another fine that cops can use. Just ask this Massachusetts police chief who claims traffic tickets are necessary for maintaining our quality of life.
Reduced Traffic Tickets Through Reduced Government
So if we were to reduce government spending, we would reduce the amount of revenue that is needed to fund our government. If we are able to cover the state’s expenses through normal tax avenues, we won’t need the hefty fines and quotas to be met. I’m willing to believe that there would be an exact correlation on number of traffic citations, and those citation would go down. Especially if we cut the police budget to the point where they could only enforce the real crimes. Ya know? What they should be doing in the first place.