Penn Turnpike troopers write tickets at record clip, quota system alleged

| 5/17/2002

State troopers are writing tickets at a record pace along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the ticket blitz is a result of troopers being required to issue 40 tickets a month to meet their quota.

Since Capt. David K. Points became Troop T commander Jan. 6, 2001, the number of speeding tickets issued on the turnpike increased by 16,075, or 21 percent, compared with 74,325 in 2000. The 90,400 tickets issued last year established a turnpike record.

But, at the current pace through the first three months of this year, troopers wrote more than 21,000, a 50 percent increase over the same period last year. If troopers continue to issue tickets at their current rate, more than 100,000 tickets will be issued this year.

Troopers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, say superiors have told them to write more tickets to maintain "station averages," and contend that is tantamount to an illegal quota system, the newspaper reported. Troopers who don't keep up are getting unsatisfactory job evaluations, being placed on probation or being removed from their regular shifts.

The Troop T commander refutes that a quota system has been imposed. "All I can tell you is that I'm well aware of the law [against quotas], and we don't have quotas," Points said.

The state troopers association president is reportedly looking into the quota allegations.