Saturday, August 13, 2005

PA State Police Ticket Quota Saga Continues

Speed Limit 55For about the last 3 years, a scandal has been slowly unfolding in the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police over the use of illegal ticket quotas and the increasingly high likelihood that a large number of tickets have been wrongfully issued by officers seeking to meet their quotas.

An investigation by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that state troopers were either rewarded or punished based on whether they met "station averages" for tickets through the assignment of very lucrative overtime duty and other work scheduling practices. In addition, the radar guns used by troopers have been found to be severely flawed and unreliable.

The best advice I can give for driving in the Keystone (cops) State is to get some good equipment and know where to look for the lurking blue light special.