A man from Frisco, Texas received a speeding ticket after he was pulled over in his neighborhood for going 39 mph in a 30 mph zone. After fighting the ticket unsuccessfully in court, he paid his $220 ticket in pennies and had the episode recorded.
Brett Sanders didn’t believe he deserved a speeding ticket since he didn’t hurt anybody, and as he told NBCDFW, “I didn’t endanger anybody’s life.”
Or, as his shirt read during his NBC interview, “Legality ≠ Morality.” I assume he’d also stand by the converse of that statement – that “Illegality ≠ Immorality.” Just because something is against the law doesn’t mean that it must be immoral.
It’s no secret that speeding laws have been used by police departments to raise revenue for the county or city that they represent – like a tax of sorts. Most of the time, the driver is not committing a crime – that is, no one has been injured, and no property has been damaged – by going faster than the posted, arbitrarily chosen, speed limit.
A speeding ticket has the same general purpose as red light cameras and speed cameras. It’s just that the cameras are a lot more efficient, and they make a lot more money.
Police departments deny the existence of speeding ticket quotas, but whistleblowers beg to differ. They may not call them quotas, but that is exactly how they function. And if officers in some departments fail to meet those quotas, they face being transferred, demoted, or fired.
What is for sure is that speeding laws are not about safety and protecting children. If they really were about safety, cops themselves would not ever speed. They would never run stop signs or red lights. Since they’re supposed to be leading by example, one can only assume that safety is not a concern. What is of concern is raising revenue.