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New Va. law bars police from setting traffic ticket quotas

The law also bans the number of arrests or citations from being used as a job evaluation benchmark


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By Suzie Ziegler

RICHMOND, Va. — It is now illegal in Virginia for police departments to set traffic ticket quotas.

Last week, Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill that will outlaw ticket quotas, WTVR reported. Law enforcement agencies will be barred from making a specific number of arrests or issuing a specific number of summonses, according to the report. The law goes into effect July 1.

It’s not clear how many departments use ticket quotas, so how much of an impact the law will have on drivers remains to be seen.

The law also says that the number of arrests or summonses “shall not be used as the sole criterion” for evaluating an officer’s job performance.

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