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    Economic slow-down means more tickets

    The simple fact is this: Governments have an incentive to write more tickets, says Thomas Garrett, an assistant vice president and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a co-author of a recent study, "Red Ink in the Rearview Mirror: Local Fiscal Conditions and the Issuance of Traffic Tickets" (.pdf file). Garrett and his co-author, Gary Wagner, studied tickets issued by North Carolina counties over 14 years and found that "significantly more tickets are issued in the year following a decline in revenue."
    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com...her-taxes.aspx

    I guess this is no big surprise.

    Chip H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph View Post
    http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com...her-taxes.aspx

    I guess this is no big surprise.

    Chip H.

    It isn't. In fact, I posted something a few months back about noticing more (and more aggressive) enforcement. I myself got pinched twice (pre-detector) after years of no tickets at all. The local Johnnies have really stepped it up.

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    This study confirms your intuition and anecdotal evidence, then.

    Chip H.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph View Post
    This study confirms your intuition and anecdotal evidence, then.

    Chip H.
    Yep. Filthy bastards. Everyone needs to invest in a good radar detector. The things ought to be standard equipment in every new car instead of scheisse like Onstar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    Yep. Filthy bastards. Everyone needs to invest in a good radar detector. The things ought to be standard equipment in every new car instead of scheisse like Onstar!
    The political and bureaucratic whores in QLD have made detectors illegal!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwozzie1 View Post
    The political and bureaucratic whores in QLD have made detectors illegal!!
    They're illegal in my state of Virginia, too - but fuck that. I got one last year and it has saved me at least three tickets since. If they outlawed guns I'd do the same thing - ignore their filthy law!

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