Originally posted by finnegan
The reason why armchair leaders throw crap hither and yon is that crap is the best information they can get hold of.
For anyone who has studied statistics and social research in any way at all, even the article cited above offers enough room to debate the methods and the statistics for weeks and that would, indeed, be an interesting debate. Sadly it is ...[text shortened]... re the chains of causation and use racism to blind us to social issues of profound significance.
Agree in part, disagree in part.
When I was a younger driver I had several opportunities to contribute to the various local municipalities' traffic funds on account of irresponsible driving habits.
Great slice of life, the folks who converge in traffic court... or so you would think.
Unlike the DMV where licenses/plates are renewed every year or so and which are birthday dependent, traffic court is generally populated with folks very similar to the punk I used to be.
They're young-ish, questionable employment status, generally unstable economically.
And they represent the broad range of ethnicity which resides in the area.
Of course, the occasional middle aged man or woman, the very rare elderly person, but predominately it's those with 'nothing to lose' you'll see more often than all others combined.
Without question, cops profile this demographic: they know where to get the easy money, the multiple streams of revenue.
Stable folks speed, don't wear their seat belt or miss the renewal of their tabs.
But they're one and done: they pay their money and move on, not to be heard from again.
Getting the 'nothing to lose' group on the line?
This ticket is going to set them back, so they won't renew their license next month which will put them in an even worse spot then.
Then they'll drop their insurance, forego the tabs or etc., exposing themselves to even more financial sanctions.
It inures them to the whole process of becoming wards of the state.
Cops typically ;rule' by the pot-hole policy, hitting on the minor issues to avoid the bigger escalations and so they spend most of their time going where the pot-holes are as well as where they can justify their time by bringing in the most money.