Seasons Greetings from your friends in law enforcement

Phil Boehmke
Among the many cherished holiday traditions in many states (including the cash strapped Democratic stronghold of Illinois) is a special program known as ‘traffic grant.’ With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season our friends in government have found a way to help keep us safe by increasing the number of law enforcement officers on patrol.
 
You may have already personally benefited from ‘traffic grant’ or perhaps you may have noticed a larger than normal number of police cars on the road with their lights flashing in the best holiday tradition. ‘Traffic grant’ is a wonderful holiday program in which certain municipalities receive state funding (your tax dollars) to pay each officer who volunteers one overtime shift per week between Thanksgiving and New Year‘s. This is a nice holiday bonus for local law enforcement officers and because many of them spend this bonus money on Christmas shopping it is good for the economy as well, a win-win program.
 
Even in these troubled times of high unemployment and state budgetary shortfalls there is always enough money to fund ‘traffic grant’ because it is all about public safety during the holiday season. ‘Traffic grant’ is not necessarily a win-win for the overburdened tax payers who are funding the program because this holiday tradition relies on a ‘quota’ system. Don’t bring this up if you are stopped for a minor traffic offense, because the police get a bit testy when confronted by this deep dark secret.
 
The officers who participate in ‘traffic grant’ are required to write at least one ticket per hour. Yes, that is correct, they must write one ticket per hour. So if you are out in the old family sleigh and officer friendly has gotten behind because all of the good folks on the road have been obeying the law, be careful. In a program that smacks of entrapment you and yours could get a special lesson in holiday program funding.
 
 
December 9, 2010
 
Among the many cherished holiday traditions in many states (including the cash strapped Democratic stronghold of Illinois) is a special program known as ‘traffic grant.’ With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season our friends in government have found a way to help keep us safe by increasing the number of law enforcement officers on patrol.
 
You may have already personally benefited from ‘traffic grant’ or perhaps you may have noticed a larger than normal number of police cars on the road with their lights flashing in the best holiday tradition. ‘Traffic grant’ is a wonderful holiday program in which certain municipalities receive state funding (your tax dollars) to pay each officer who volunteers one overtime shift per week between Thanksgiving and New Year‘s. This is a nice holiday bonus for local law enforcement officers and because many of them spend this bonus money on Christmas shopping it is good for the economy as well, a win-win program.
 
Even in these troubled times of high unemployment and state budgetary shortfalls there is always enough money to fund ‘traffic grant’ because it is all about public safety during the holiday season. ‘Traffic grant’ is not necessarily a win-win for the overburdened tax payers who are funding the program because this holiday tradition relies on a ‘quota’ system. Don’t bring this up if you are stopped for a minor traffic offense, because the police get a bit testy when confronted by this deep dark secret.
 
The officers who participate in ‘traffic grant’ are required to write at least one ticket per hour. Yes, that is correct, they must write one ticket per hour. So if you are out in the old family sleigh and officer friendly has gotten behind because all of the good folks on the road have been obeying the law, be careful. In a program that smacks of entrapment you and yours could get a special lesson in holiday program funding.
 
 
December 9, 2010