“Every traffic shift has anywhere from 20 to 30 officers on it,” said Sgt. Gabe Trevino, with the San Antonio Police Department. There are three shifts each day.
According to the study, the No. 1 spot to get a ticket was on Interstate 10 and West Avenue. The third most likely spot to be ticketed is also on Interstate 10 at Fresno Street. The second most likely spot to receive a ticket is on Interstate 35 and Malone Avenue.
Most tickets are issued between 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
According to Trevino, Officer Jason Aicher is the king of ticket-writers. “First of all, he’s a motorcycle officer,” said Trevino. Aicher wrote more than 1,300 tickets in six months. (That’s about 10 per work day!) He often watches school zones, and gave out 13 percents of the tickets he issued in those areas.
More tickets are issued at the end of each month, leading some drivers like John Rodriguez to believe there may be a quota. “It was toward the end of the month, meet the quota,” Rodriguez said.
Despite the study showing the greatest number of tickets being written during the last week of the month, police said there is no quota. “We don’t tell them, ‘You need to go write a certain amount of tickets every single day,’ [or] ‘At the end of the month we want to see a certain number of tickets,’” Trevino said. “That’s not the case.” Police say ticket quotas are illegal.
Still, police generate a significant amount of revenue from fines — including speeding tickets. In the year ending Sept. 30, the San Antonio Municipal Courts reported receiving more than $26 million from fines. Police, however, say money is not the motive. There have been more than 100 traffic deaths this year, and police said catching speeders saves lives.…Read More