Traffic enforcement and policing have become intertwined as a gateway for funneling overpoliced and marginalized communities into the criminal justice system. This article explores a new legal framework that decouples traffic enforcement from police functions and rethinks the ways law and policy can be used as tools to achieve fairness and equality in traffic enforcement. The author also highlights the need for reforms to account for the financial incentives–generation of traffic ticket revenue including court fines and fees– that encourage aggressive and biased traffic enforcement.
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Author(s): Jordan Blair Woods
Publication: Stanford Law Review, Volume 73