I would like to set the ground rules for this discussion: Part one: Things this thread IS -A civilized discussion of police forces -A place to share stories (good or bad) regarding personal experiences with the police -A place where 80-90% of the crap we spew forth is supported by FACTUAL sources (not blogs or editorial pages. News sites are good, wikipedia is allowable) Things this thread IS NOT -A cop bashing thread -A place to brag about illegal things you may have gotten away with -A place to whine about how it is sooo unfair that you have to pay for being stupid. Ok. That being said, let the discussion begin! ============================================================ There have been an abnormal number of officers on the streets as of late. Sadly, they are not stepping up patrols in an attempt to stop crime or protect citizens. They are out enforcing traffic regulations in an attempt to raise money for their home cities. Asylum Article: Recession Will Result in More Traffic Tickets Free Republic article: Study finds another reason to hate recession: More tickets NY Times: Parking Tickets a Growing Source of City Revenue Today I passed 4 patrol cars along a 1 mile stretch of highway. I passed another 2 cars on the access road once I exited. 5 of the 7 had a motorist pulled over at the time. I have been called "Cop lover" by my friends due to my tendency to (almost) always defend the actions of police officers. They are people who are doing a job. Most of the time they have the best of intentions, and I respect that. Sadly, I cannot support this. In my eyes this is a randomly assessed motorist tax. How do yall feel?