Whew! No more traffic ticket quotas in Illinois

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The state of Illinois is banning its police departments from requiring officers to hand out a minimum number of traffic citations in a given period, or evaluate officers' performance based on the number of tickets they write, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

The new law, signed into effect by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, says police "should have discretion on when and where to issue traffic citations." The bill claims banning quotas will improve working conditions for police and reduce the anxiety drivers may feel when they encounter a police officer or vehicle. A lawmaker sponsoring the bill in the House said it could improve the public trust in police departments, and "ensure that police officers are free to do their job protecting the public."

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.