In Defense of Traffic Tickets

August 31, 2009 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Tom Vanderbilt recently posted an annoying, yet true, argument for the virtues of traffic tickets at Among his arguments for praising the virtues of traffic tickets:

  • Timothy McVeigh, Ted Bundy, David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, and 9/11 ring-leader Mohammed Atta were all brought to police attention through traffic violations.
  • People who commit non-traffic crimes (i.e., burglary, assault, etc.) tend to also violate traffic laws and are more likely to be pulled over.
  • A 2006 study found that when traffic citations decreased in New York, traffic fatalities rose 11%.

I hate to admit it, but he’s right. Traffic tickets keep us safer on the road and off.

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