The Georgia State Patrol says it’s hard to fight the perception that cops write tickets because they want the money — especially when the Georgia State Patrol gets to keep most of the money from ticket fines.
A law written in 2006 allows the police agency’s Motorcycle Unit to keep nearly all of the revenue from tickets it hands out on Atlanta highways. According to a story in Creative Loafing Atlanta the practice has been likened to “just paying at the curb.”
Since the law was written, the motorcycle unit has doubled in size from 10 to 20 moto-cops, and the 2010 take from tickets was nearly a million dollars, up considerably from the 2007 take of less than $100,000.
But the patrol’s own people say it’s not writing tickets just because it wants the cash. If that was true, they’d have a lot more than 20 officers out there serving and protecting.