Ticket fixing

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Ticket fixing is a practice in which a public official destroys or dismisses a pending traffic ticket as a favor to a friend or family member. For example, police officers in a number of jurisdictions have been charged with destroying pending tickets at the request of other officers. Judges have also been accused of ticket fixing. Some police officers consider it a "professional courtesy" extended to friends and relatives of police officers. However, the practice is unpopular with the general public, [1] and is illegal in most jurisdictions. [2]


United States

Allegations of ticket fixing have cropped up for decades in jurisdictions around the United States, including Georgia, Alabama, New York City, and San Diego.

In 1986, officers of the Georgia State Patrol faced charges of ticket fixing. [3] In 1999, an investigation revealed widespread ticket-fixing in Alabama. [4] In 2004, Santa Clara County judge William Danser faced charges of fixing tickets and reducing drunk driving sentences for "South Bay athletes, golfing buddies and friends of friends." [5] On October 27, 2011, at least 11 New York police officers were charged with offenses related to ticket fixing. [6] [7] A clerk in the San Francisco government faced ticket fixing accusations in 2012. [8] Two police officers were charged with ticket fixing in Garden Grove, CA, in 2012. [9]

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  1. "Most New Yorkers Say They Wouldn't Try to Fix a Ticket, Poll Finds". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  2. For example, in New York: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/opinion/the-nypds-ticket-fixing-scandal.html
  3. Ticket-fixing probe rocks Georgia. Henderdson Times-News. September 17, 1986.
  4. "Traffic ticket-fixing alleged in Alabama," Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. October 7, 1999. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=PfghAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Zi8EAAAAIBAJ&pg=6316,1734224
  5. "SAN JOSE / Ticket-fixing judge sentenced -- community service, house arrest". 2004-07-27.
  6. Rashbaum, William K.; Baker, Al (2011-10-27). "In Ticket-Fixing Scandal, 16 Officers to be Charged". The New York Times.
  7. Kleinfield, N. R.; Eligon, John (2011-10-28). "Officers Unleash Anger at Ticket-Fixing Arraignments in the Bronx". The New York Times.
  8. "S.F. Untangling a skein of ticket-fixing scams". 2010-04-25.
  9. http://ggjournal.com/2012/06/07/two-police-charged-in-ticket-fixing-case/