Gov. Quinn signs law banning police ticket quotas - KMSP-TV

Gov. Quinn signs law banning police ticket quotas

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Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to immediately ban police ticket quotas.

The legislation signed on Sunday said that municipalities and police departments can't require officers to issue a certain number of citations in a certain period of time. It also said that the number of tickets an officer writes can't be used as part of a performance evaluation.

The ban applies to local, county and state police departments.

Along Lake Shore Drive Monday evening, it was hard to find a motorist opposed to Illinois' new law that prohibits police departments from punishing or promoting officers on the basis of how many traffic tickets they write.

“Good idea! Definite. I don't want 'em taking money from me anymore. I hate paying those tickets," said one motorist.

As pleased as motorists may be, Illinois' new ban on traffic ticket quotas was actually pushed through the General Assembly by unions that represent police officers. One of the chief co-sponsors was a former Kendall County cop who resented his old job's quota of two traffic tickets a day.

“Well, there are more things to policing than just writing tickets. And this bill doesn't stop police officers from writing tickets,” said State Rep. John Anthony.

The bill does prohibit police brass from disciplining any officer for not writing traffic tickets, though the new law will have no effect on the explosive growth of computer-generated tickets in the Chicago area. In the State Senate, the only no vote was cast by a former sheriff of Downstate Lee County.

“And I think generating revenue, whether it's by red-light cameras or speed cameras or putting a number, it should be a byproduct of what we do. It shouldn't be a product of what we do,” added Anthony.

Some motorists hope the ban on traffic ticket quotas will ultimately save them money.

“I do actually like that idea…I don't like getting tickets,” one motorist said while laughing before driving off.

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