The police are out in full force in my area today, protecting, serving, and ticketing motorists. Just driving around town in the morning I saw two guys get flashed down and spotted two more cruisers lurking by the side of the road.

Given the unusually strong presence and the time of month, I naturally thought of the oft mentioned quotas. Some say police swarm the roads near the end of the month in order to hit their targets for ticketed drivers, but others have told me that such a thing is illegal and it's basically an old wives tale.

Anyone think they can confirm or bust this idea so I can say for sure next time somebody brings it up?