Sunday, September 02, 2007

Not an urban legend

We may never know why the chicken crossed the road. But we now know why the traffic cop gave the ticket: because the city "needs" the money.

Judith Chevalier (in today's NY Times) cites the econometric work that identifies the link. "... money matters, even in traffic violations. They found a statistical link between a town's finances and the likelihood that its police officers would issue a speeding ticket."