Ask A Trooper

by Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol

Question: Is it true that police have to write a certain amount of tickets each month otherwise they get in trouble.

Answer: No, traffic citation quotas are prohibited in Minnesota. State Statute 169.985 says, “A law enforcement agency may not order, mandate, require, or suggest to a peace officer a quota for the issuance of traffic citations, including administrative citations authorized under section 169.999, on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly basis.”

Through education and enforcement, the Minnesota State Patrol strives to reduce fatalities and injuries on our roads. Illegal or unsafe speed is one of the leading contributing factors in Minnesota’s fatal crashes — accounting for at least 80 deaths annually. Two-thirds of those deaths occur on rural, two-lane roads in Minnesota and young adults are the most common offenders and those at greatest risk.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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