Though unrelated, that's what came to mind when I read this story:
An illegal U-turn or a rolling stop may cost violators less in Roseville and may mean more money to the city of Roseville.
Under a new plan, police officers in Roseville will be encouraged to write tickets for some moving violations under the city's municipal code instead of the state vehicle code.
"If we write municipal code violations we get 100 percent of the fine as opposed to a percentage of the fine," said Roseville Police Capt. Stan Lumsden. "Why send the money to the state."
Lumsden, who heads up the city's traffic division, used a U-turn violation as an example. "The whole violation amounts to $201 and the city would get $31 of that," he said. "If you did it by municipal code then the city gets the entire amount and the municipal code tickets are nowhere near as expensive as vehicle code tickets."
An interesting idea. The state has been taking money from municipalities for decades--here's one small way for them to take some from the state.