Canadian law enforcement officers in charge of highway and road safety usually hand out a whole lot of traffic tickets on a daily bases.
It’s reluctantly difficult to dispute against traffic tickets particularly when a public safety is a concern. However, it can be very annoying if the ticket in question is somewhat minor and insignificant.
Gone are the days when an officer would offer you a caution and send you on your way for a slight traffic offense. Nowadays, there’s been a complete change. Officers rarely stop motorists for trivial offenses and allow them to go scot free. It appears nobody gets a second chance anymore. The situation keeps getting worse and worse by the day across cities in Canada. For instance, in Winnipeg, there was a public outcry against reports regarding the city putting pressure on Police officers in 2012 to increase tickets by $1.4 million from previously issued 57,000 tickets in 2011.
Does Officers Deliberately Issue Tickets to Meet Quotas?
In Provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, the majority of people have widely criticised the police for greedily handing out tickets to simply meet quotas. Others have raised concerns regarding what they had considered being a trend among some officers; competing for the spot for most issues tickets within a single month. With such alleged practice among the Police, there have been many instances where officers have been in the wrong and often found trying to defend the indefensible. More often than not, certain violations also repeatedly show up a lot more due to its creditworthiness to such officers.
Over the years, the Police have invested heavily towards achieving the goal of building and maintaining community relationships and public assurance. As relates to the current sentiments of the general public, if the traffic administration and enforcement process continue to be centered more on revenue as opposed to community safety, the desired purpose of the Police would to a larger extent be defeated and ultimately undermine community confidence.