I've noticed far more expensive cars getting pulled over of late than the piles of junk that used to be the mainstay. I've seen what amounts to realtor's cars (Cadillac CTX, etc.) being the meter-maid's targets lately. Bad enough that 3 MPH over PSL is a "Really big deal" now in some towns in California like Chico.
Seems they need to feed their wallets and they are targeting the rich verses the poor who won't pay or can't. A $100 fine is $476 here now with their value added county and court fees stapled onto the $100 fine.
This whole "We need more cops" thing is getting out of hand. If 86% of what they do is "Victimless crimes" (like silly seat belt laws or improper child seat), then why do we need so much patrol if for nothing more than money for the government and their personal wallets? One would think the life insurance companies lobbied for this victimless crime enforcement.
I saw more cops on the local lake than regular folk a few weeks back: Lake patrol, sheriff's on ski-doos, game wardens, forestry service, bureau of land management, contract patrols, search and rescue with helicopter patrol, and even the U.S. Coast Guard are on inland lakes now. This is just a complete waste of money, but they were all enjoying their complete free access to the lake whereas any normal person pays through the nose to boat or fish there and ultimately ends up getting some sort of lake citation for their effort like a stupid buoy violation.
Government needs to cut back on all this stuff, but seems they have a vast appetite to feed themselves with more revenue off the non-government populous. I never thought the law enforcement in this country would become like what is in Mexico.
I won't mention their ridiculous retirement benefits packages of $250K that our local police chief gets at age 50. Let them teach the rookies at that age rather than retiring. That "The old guy can't catch the crook" is a bogus argument when they could do something else like become a detective, work in a crime lab, or become a trainer. Veteran crooks don't even reap that much. Just insane!