Ticket quotas are one of the touchiest issues surrounding traffic citations. It’s a reality in several states like Alabama, where a police officer was relieved from duty in 2013 for revealing that they had a daily ticket issuance quota to meet—even without any clear reasons for doing so.
Not in North Carolina, though.
Ticket quotas in the state are prohibited under state statute, which also mentions that a police officer’s salary is based on overall performance and not at all dependent on whether one issues a certain number of tickets. This provision also kills the need for “quota bonuses” because it already provides service bonuses to law enforcement officers.
Motorists should take note of this the next time they get pulled over for a violation they didn’t see or realize. As mentioned earlier, ticket quotas can result in unjust citations and false arrests on the spot. This clearly goes against every American’s right protect oneself against unreasonable searches and seizures. In any case, be sure to ask a lawyer to represent your interests when asked to appear in court.
Of course, don’t tell an officer upfront that he pulled you over just so he can meet his quota. Let the court of law settle disagreements in a peaceful manner.