Asked in Traffic Violations and Tickets
Is it legal for a cop to collect money for a speeding ticket?
It depends on what is meant by the term "collect". Most states have an established method for insuring at least a portion of a speeding violation that is committed by an out of state driver is collected. The usual procedure is for the speeder to place a specific amount of money into an envelope and the envelope is dropped into a locked box, either located on the highway, access road, etc. or in the police cruiser. If the violator returns on his or her court date, the money is applied to the fines assessed or is returned if the person is found not guilty of the offense.