13 Sep 2008

Police defend officers over ticketing

5:59 pm on 13 September 2008

The police are defending the practice of setting targets for the number of motorists officers should ticket for driving offences.

Assistant police commissioner Viv Rickard says annual targets are set for speeding, drink driving, non-use of seat belts and unsafe driving.

But Mr Rickard says targets are set for a region, rather than for individual officers.

He says, like any prudent organisation, the police need a mechanism for reviewing performance.

Mr Rickard insists goals set for ticketing motorists are realistic, and there aren't repercussions for officers if targets aren't met.

He says officers are concerned with road safety, not numbers, and that even police presence in an area can encourage people to drive more safely.