Cities, states use speeding ticket fines to raise money - MSN Money
Spurred in part by the recession and its effects on city coffers, Canton is handing out more speeding and other traffic tickets. Make that a lot more tickets: Canton's finest issued 4,505 citations for moving violations in the first quarter of 2010 -- a 221% increase over the 1,405 tickets issued in last year's first quarter.
....Canton's experience may confirm what you've long suspected: Tickets sometimes have as much to do with revenue as safety. And now, as a soured economy and other factors further empty government piggy banks, many are turning to law enforcement to serve as part-time "tax" collectors -- with guns and badges.
Many states and cities no longer even try to hide that fact.