Mo., Gov. Jay Nixon signs law prohibiting ticket quotas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You might soon notice fewer speed traps as you head into work, and it's all due to a new law signed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Getting a ticket can be frustrating, especially if it's for a minor offense such as going five over the speed limit or not using your blinker.

According to lawmakers, some police officers in Missouri are required to write a certain number of tickets each day, week or month, and they don't believe that's fair to you.

The new law states police chiefs can no longer require or encourage ticket quotas.

Those against the new law argue quotas prevent officers from being lazy, giving them a goal every day at work.

Plus the money collected from traffic tickets helps to pay officers' and judges' salaries. But lawmakers didn't like the thought of officers pulling people over for minor offenses just to make extra money for the city and justify to their boss that they're working hard.

Here in Kansas City we reported two years ago about a sudden surge in traffic tickets being written. Officials, though, told us the increase in traffic stops wasn't about making extra money but keeping drivers safe. So this new law won't stop officers from writing tickets.

Lawmakers just hope they will focus more on ticketing those who are a danger to the public instead of pulling people over just to fulfill a quota.

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