Taxes might help pay for important things all of society benefits from—think schools, libraries, post offices, and law enforcement agencies—but they’re widely considered evil by a large portion of the population.
As a result, cities and counties have to find ways to put money into the general fund.
One of those ways is by writing more tickets.
New technologies like automated license plate readers have proven valuable in generating more revenue through fines and citations.
In the old days, cops would actually have to ask the people they stopped if they had insurance.
But these days, it’s largely an automated process that allows cops to find out if someone’s auto insurance has expired simply by pressing a button.