Waikato Police are being urged to pull back on the number of tickets they issue.
Up until now, staff performance has been partly assessed based on the number of tickets they give motorists.
But police say a quarter of tickets have no relevance to public safety.
National road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally told Larry Williams police are now being advised to use more discretion.
"What are we trying to achieve? Only one thing, and that's to lower the rates of death and serious injury on our roads, and there's a lot more ways of doing that than just simply issuing an infringement."
LISTEN TO STEVE GREALLY TALK WITH LARRY WILLIAMS ABOVE