There are a number of reasons why they are issued, but revenue generation is NOT among them. Keep in mind that the traffic ticket that might cost you $283 is only going to earn the agency about $7. After costs for the officer's time to write the cite, gas, etc., the agency may make a cool $2.50-$3. Not worth it. With the exception of red light camera cites, traffic tickets are money losing endeavor. If it were about money, then they'd be issuing parking cites. A parking cite that might cost you $53 would earn a city about $39 or so ... depending on the county and city, of course. Parking cites generate revenue, moving cites do not.We should also remember that speeding tickers, illegal u turns, etc are nit picky and for revenue generation not safety most of the time.
The officer SHOULD have been there. But, when you have agencies that do not care if officers attend, then self-interest reigns and officers choose not to make an hour-and-a-half drive in to court, sit for 2 hours, and then go home getting paid only the court minimum because their commute time is not included in the calculation. Many officers in larger jurisdictions cannot afford to live in those jurisdictions so they have to drive in from further off. This has a tendency to discourage traffic court attendance unless the agency holds their feet to the fire. I think Los Angeles County - and maybe Ventura - are the two counties where I have heard tales of lackadaisical policies in this area.If the officer(s) truly believed I was in the wrong he could come to court and face me. I was there, I took a day off, I prepared, the officer is the expert, the odds are in his favor. Its not like I asked for the country seat, the officer is already based in the city he patrols.