Just read a great column that mentions the Philadelphia Traffic Court. The writer, Stu Bykofsky from the Philadelphia Daily News notes that their police made 357,000 traffic stops in 2008 (and 212,000 pedestrian stops). That’s amazing.
Compare the New York State Police. They wrote just over 1 million tickets in 2007 (per the Legislative Gazette) – that’s for a big chunk of the whole state of New York. Philly has about 1.5 million people. New York State, excluding NYC (where Troopers write few if any tickets), is over 10 million people.
Philadelphia police are making too many traffic stops – maybe that’s why the population is declining.