The story in Athens (Greece) goes that traffic police is out only to issue tickets and thus collect money from drivers. Well, there may be nothing wrong with that. Maybe if the city(?)/ state(?) was a bit more strapped for cash there would be fewer injuries and deaths related to car accidents.
I saw the post on the paper More Tickets, Fewer Accidents: How Cash-Strapped Towns Make for Safer Roads by Makowsky and Stratmann at the Marginal Revolution blog (Jan 9 post). You can download it for free. Has there been any such research using Greek data?