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Speeding tickets fund pay raises?

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(CNN) Some police departments use money from speeding tickets and other citations to pay for raises.

VICTOR BLACKWELL REPORTS ON THE PROS AND CONS OF THE PRACTICE.

IT'S A SUSPICION DRIVERS HAVE HELD LIKELYSINCE THE FIRST SPEEDING TICKET. THAT A CITATION IS SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA FOR THE OFFICER WRITING IT.

NOW, IS THERE PROOF?

IN AN EMAIL THIS MONTH, THE ATLANTA POLICE UNION PRESIDENT WROTE: "THE MAYOR HAS DESIGNATED TRAFFIC COURT ANDTICKET REVENUE FOR FUTURE PAY INCREASES."

"Is it a quota system? Certainly not. We're not even asking anybody or no one has made any suggestion that any officer write any additional tickets than they already have."  

THE ATLANTA POLICE FORCE IS NOT ALONE. FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND T-V JUDGE ALEX FERRER SAYS THEY DON'T HAVE TO ASK.

"Once you tie something to somebody's financial earnings, they are motivated in a way that they are not motivated before."

A FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICER SAYS HE WAS PRESSURED TO WRITE CITATIONS.

"I wasn't meeting their undocumented quota - the non-quota quota."

TUCSON'S POLICE CHIEF REQUIRES HIS OFFICERS TO MAKE AT LEAST ONE STOP A DAY ON AVERAGE. HE SAYS IT'S GOOD FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND CRIME FIGHTING.

"That's where we get most of our narcotic arrests. We get a lot of warrant's we've been able to serve. The benefits of traffic stops have been proven in city after city."

ATLANTA DRIVERS HAVE OTHER IDEAS FOR THE MONEY THAN POLICE PAY INCREASES.

"They should put that money toward the community rebuilding roads, helping homeless people things like that."

ALLEN STRESSES WHILE THE MONEY FROM TICKETS WILL GO TO RAISES, MORE TICKETS DO NOT LEAD TO HIGHER RAISES.

"This is a direct stream of revenue that has been designated to that and it could have come from anywhere out of the general fund."

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