In a very interesting story, a Texas judge has finally paid an outstanding speeding ticket that resulted in the issuance of three arrest warrants. The ticket, which was written in 2008, has been the subject of a lengthy legal challenge and much discussion in legal circles. However, the criminal appeals court judge brought all of that to a halt last Thursday -- and before his legal troubles could get any worse.
It's aggravating to get a speeding ticket when you aren't speeding. It may be even more aggravating to try to fight the ticket in traffic court where it will be your word against the word of the police officer.
This past Monday, you may have encountered a somewhat surprising advertisement in the New York Daily News from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association -- the city's police officers union -- criticizing Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for the department's stance on traffic violations.
In 2007, New York City officials implemented a new program targeting one of the most reviled traffic violations throughout the Five Boroughs: parking tickets.
In previous posts, we've discussed how a routine internal investigation of a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer turned into a large-scale probe of hundreds of police officers accused of "fixing" traffic violations for friends or family.
In the aftermath of the ticket fixing scandal that rocked New York City earlier this year - particularly the Bronx - officials with the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs (IA) Bureau have been working overtime to uncover any potential improprieties on the part of police officers in issuing traffic violations.