Tallahassee, FL — Most people reading this article know what it is like to have the blue and red lights pop up in your rearview mirror. The last thing going through your mind at this point is the feeling of 'being protected.' This feeling comes from the fact that the overwhelming majority of the time a driver sees police lights in their mirror is because they have been targeted for revenue collection, and they are about to be given a ticket.
Police, we are told, are here to keep us safe and protect us from the bad guys. However, public safety all too often takes a back seat to revenue collection. Time and time again, the Free Thought Project has exposed quota schemes in which officers were punished for not writing enough tickets.
The most recent ticket writing scheme to be exposed comes out of Tallahassee, Florida, in which a top Florida Highway Patrol official was caught demanding his troopers write two tickets every single hour.
But fret not people of Tallahassee, after Maj. Mark Welch of Troop H in Tallahassee was exposed for demanding "the patrol wants to see two citations each hour," the major put everyone's minds at ease by explaining that his quota was not a quota.