CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Have you ever wondered if law enforcement officials have ticket quotas? South Carolina Highway Patrol officials told Live5News they do not have quotas so we used data to see if this was true.
Live5News requested a year’s worth of speeding ticket data from the South Carolina Highway Patrol in Dorchester, Berkeley and Charleston counties. We received data from 25,000 speeding tickets from September 2017 to September 2018.
To investigate whether more tickets were given out at the end of the month, traffic reporter Abbey O’Brien calculated and compared the number of tickets given out in the first five days of each month to the last five days. Here are the results:
Out of 13 months of data, six months had more tickets given out in the last five days than the first five days.
The largest discrepancy came in January 2018. The data given to Live5News from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles shows there were nearly 300 more tickets give out in the last five days of the month than the first five days. However, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety officials told Live5News, Highway Patrol was in the process of switching to a fully electronic ticketing system at the end of the 2017 and the beginning of 2018.
After this time, the numbers seem to even out.