With Nevada cops writing fewer traffic tickets, the Nevada Supreme Court's budget is suffering. It was reported recently that traffic ticket fines make up close to three-fifths of the court's budget. It is estimated that the dearth of traffic ticket fines will reduce the court's budget by 10 percent.
This is nothing new--traffic citations have been issued with less frequency starting in 2010. Currently the court is facing a $700,000 budget shortfall. It is expected the state legislature will soon consider a bill to fund the court.
Chief Justice James Hardesty said, “The court encourages the commission of crime so that we have adequate money to operate. I submit that at some point , maybe the legislature should revisit the manner by which the court is funded and the entire show should be in the state general fund." For more on this story, read: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2015/03/23/the-chief-justice-of-nevadas-supreme-court-says-a-decline-in-traffic-tickets-is-starving-his-budget/