The state of Utah has decided that it is time to end the practice of shaking down drivers for cash. It’s a sad day for the police. The money was perfect for tax-free living.
Auditors only recently discovered that police in a small town outside Zion National Park were taking money from foreign tourists for traffic violations.
Some of the citations are missing from both police records and local court records. The money is not accounted for.
You don’t suppose that some police member were pocketing the money, do you? The state’s auditor says there is no proof of such a thing. He also says he does not know how much money is missing.
It is now up to local city and county prosecutors to decide whether to prosecute.
I am happy to announce that the chief of police has told his officers to stop the practice. He says that he thought it would be hard to collect the fines from foreign tourists.
I am wondering how hard or easy it was to collect the cash from his officers on behalf of the city.
I am also wondering how long the policy had been in force before the auditors discovered it.