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10: Nobody understands tickets

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Everyone gets a ticket once in a while. People are human and everybody errors sometimes. On top of that; in this era of electronic measurement, the margin for error is often inhumanly small. 

The problem: Nobody understands petty tickets even though nowadays the majority of tickets seems to be for very minor misdemeanors. This causes frustrations and irritations which is a shame as ordinary citizens usually only get in contact with the police while driving a car. The reputation of- and willingness to help the police in general is greatly damaged.

But it is only partially the fault of the police. Ticket policy is often directly linked to state income and the law that should regulate traffic supervision is often very vague. The result is that in many cases the police is just instrumental. On the other hand, nobody tells the police how to execute traffic supervision and as working for the police ranks very low on the social ladder, not always the smartest decisions are being made. More frustrations and irritations among the general public are the result. 

Solution: If there is the political will to let the police actually work for the public instead of against them, every ticket should have a specific explanation on why that ticket was written. For instance the amount of accidents on that particular stretch of road, (with the actual number of last year), the presence of a school or roadworks are good examples. A specific reason that also allows the accused driver to realistically appeal. Simply: "you drove too fast" or "you didn't adapt your driving to the road conditions" just won't do anymore. 

Like this people will accept fines, even if they are very high. People's behavior will change. The holy grail! 

As a welcome side effect, the work of the police will be much more valued in general. People might even want to wear the uniform again. 

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