No it's not always given, but that itself is a complicated issue.
This particular topic has been approached from a variety of different angles in reporting. I've seen reporting focused on the misery/impact on individuals and the way that even tiny fines snowball. I know of at least one township in Ohio that was dissolved by state courts because it was essentially just a speed trap scam along I-70 (New Rome). I've seen people talk about filling budget gaps with tickets & fines.
I worry that Ryan's right that this is the kind of issue that's too big or ultimately too rooted policy to bring to the ground w/o a hook like tragic consequences of what is ultimately shitty ad hoc policing, judicial and tax policy.
So, the question of whether the public is responsible for paying attention is also a complicated topic... because citizens don't have a systemic understanding of governance or things like how police departments are funded.
When Chief Belmar says that thi