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It seems to me and to many of my acquaintances and friends that the local law enforcement officers are handing out more tickets these days. The reason is probably to collect more money due to short falls in taxes due to the economic situation.
It is like collecting taxes at the point of a gun. I am sure these officers and their superiors do not want to lose their funding; can't blame them for that.
As a suggestion, why wouldn't the city just cut expenses? Say, get all the city workers to quit using all those city vehicles and burning all that gas. They could ride the Red Rabbit from job to job. That would be fiscally responsible and innovative.