The police of the city of Menifee from the US state of Arkansas were banned from issuing fines for speeding for a year. The mayor’s office believes that the police are overzealous and punish drivers too often. This is reported by the THV11 TV channel.
In 2020, the Menifee police issued fines of $120,000. Menifee is a small town, only 302 people live there, that is, there are $400 fines per inhabitant.
It turned out that in this way the cops violated the law because the proceeds from fines should not amount to more than 30% of the revenue part of the budget of the settlement. In 2020, during the coronavirus, Menifee revenues fell and fines amounted to 50% of budget revenues.
In total, from January 1, 2018, to August 24, 2022, the police fined the violator of the speed limit 2318 times and ignored the recommendation of the mayor of Menifee not to punish drivers who exceeded the speed by 10 mph (16 km/h) or less. The police chief replied that his goal was to establish the rule of law and make drivers law-abiding.
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The ban on fining violators does not mean that fans of high-speed driving will remain unpunished. Arkansas State Police patrols will remain on the highways in the vicinity of Menifee, and no one has turned off the auto-recording cameras of violations.