The article wrote or quoted:
Police officers are not out to make your life miserable, but to make sure you're following the rules of the road and not endangering yourself or those around you.
With a few exceptions, and an egregious traffic violation is top among them, cops aren't mandated to write tickets. Most would rather send you on your way with a friendly warning...
Uh, huh. A friendly warning after their fishing expedition is what they meant to say. Cops don't ask for your license and registration to see if you know the speed limit. Your license gots nothing to do with that burned out brake light. First they'll check to see if there are any warrants for you. And, they'll peer closely at you to see if you're nervous, because you might have something in the car that would make their shift more interesting.
Only after you pass all that and become just boring soccer mom or dad, do they let you go with a warning.