Traffic-enforcement revenue stream blitz

Last Thursday, I saw limited HPD manpower being used to ticket motorists driving in midtown from downtown.

Over the weekend, I saw two cars being issued what I guessed were traffic citations from speed traps on the inside "emergency" lanes of the US 59 in southwest Houston (funny, but I thought Mayor White told us parked cars on those "emergency" lanes were dangerous -- it seems they're no less dangerous when enhancing city revenues).

On the way home just now, I saw three METRO cops waving over people who were confused at that midtown intersection near the rail line that KHOU-11 reported on just last week. The vehicle two spots behind me was waved over for... something. I couldn't tell what, as I was trying to make sure I didn't get pulled over.

Anyway, consider this a warning to watch yourselves out there. The city may not have the manpower or resources to devote to graffiti abatement or homeless crack addicts who burn down property or home invasions, but there certainly seems to be a blitz to enforce those laws that can produce revenue for Mayor White and his merry band of spenders.

ANNE ADDS: Has HPD's quota progr...oops, I mean productivity policy... inspired Metro?

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 04/18/05 04:20 PM | Print |

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