Why are police officers nationwide writing
fewer speeding tickets? A follow up question would be "why we have not heard the same news
regarding speeding tickets in California?"
Nevada, Pennsylvania and a number of other states all report that police
wrote fewer speeding tickets in 2014. One reason may be an increased focus
on distracted driving and DUI violations. Wisconsin police said that federal
STEP grants have all but ended. Ohio raised its speed limit to 70mph on
some roadways, and speeding tickets declined about 10 percent. A fourth
reason may be decreased staffing levels due to budget cuts.
Earlier this year, Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice James Hardesty predicted
that the Nevada courts would run out of money this summer due to the drop
in speeding ticket revenue.
While news articles are coming out about lower levels of speeding tickets
being issued in other parts of the country, CHP still seems to be writing
motorists up for drivers who zoom by Lamont, Shafter, Mojave and other
smaller towns that depend on ticket revenue. In fact, Kern County, partly
because of its long, straight stretches of roads through open country,
has developed the reputation of one of the easiest places to get a ticket
in the state. Many a traveler on the I-5 has never stopped in Kern County
except by the side of the road to get a yellow slip from a local CHP Officer.
California in general has raised the assessments and fees associated with
a traffic ticket to the point that it's one of the most expensive
places in the nation to get a ticket. The California Legislature has decided
that they would raise money through a travelers' ticket tax for their
pet projects, and anyone who gets a ticket in California has to pay.
But just like you have a better chance of winning the Daytona 500 in a
racecar as opposed to a Geo, you have a much better chance of obtaining
a good result in traffic court if you have an experienced attorney as
your advocate. Call an experienced traffic lawyer who knows the local
courts for a free consultation.