Livonia, MI -- In one 8-hour shift, and on one stretch of I-275 in Livonia, Michigan State Police wrote over 300 tickets for speeding, seatbelt violations, and other miscellaneous "violations" designed to collect revenue from drivers.
According to the MSP, this was done for the safety of motorists. The tens of thousands of dollars in revenue generation for the department is but a mere bonus for these cops who are just doing their duty by extorting folks for not wearing their seatbelts.
Five people were arrested and 202 drivers got off with a minor scolding (verbal warning) instead of the standard practice of extortion.
The typical definition of a pirate, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is: someone who attacks and steals from a ship at sea. Attacking and stealing from a person on land, via a motorized vehicle, on a public road, would make someone a road pirate.
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Road piracy in the US has reached epic proportions. It has gotten so bad that the Canadian government has issued a public service announcement for its citizens warning them that American police officers may very well rob them upon entry into the US.
The total number of people who receive speeding tickets only, is 41,000,000 a year with an average cost of $152.00 each. That is 1 in every 5 licensed drivers in the US.
The total number of speeding tickets paid each year $6,232,000,000. Tack on seat belt violations, license plate lights, window tint, rolling stop signs, and expired state-mandated documents and that number skyrockets.
It is, quite literally, highway robbery conducted on behalf of the ones who claim to keep us "safe."