Gov. Nixon signs bill banning ticket quotas - KMOV.com

Gov. Nixon signs bill banning ticket quotas

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon recently signed seven bills into law, including one that stops officers from being forced to write tickets to meet their quota at the end of month.

The bill differs from Senate Bill Five, which limited how much money local governments could collect from traffic fines, because it is easier for drivers to understand. The law means there could be fewer speed traps in an effort to ease concerns that police are being pressured to write traffic tickets, especially at the end of the month.

Supporters of the bill, like Sen. Eric Schmitt, said the reform is to protect citizens from being treated like ATMs to add more revenue and preserve city officials’ salaries.

"I think it’s the reason why a lot of people lost faith in a lot of institutions and it’s a shame, but I still remain confident. The truth is here that people had been preyed upon, tax payers had been preyed upon for years,” Sen. Schmitt told News 4 earlier in the year.

If mayors and other city leaders refuse to follow the new law they could face a misdemeanor charge.

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