Delray Beach traffic lawyer Doug Leifert was recently quoted in a South Florida Sun Sentinel article about statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. According to statistics, 2008 marked a 5-year low for traffic citations in Broward County. The most dramatic decrease was in “non-criminal moving” violations such as speeding, careless driving, and running red lights.
The trend statewide showed a decrease in overall traffic citations, although Palm Beach County actually saw an increase in traffic tickets in 2008. The most significant increase in Palm Beach County was in DUI convictions, though may have been because of statistical reporting issues in previous years.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, it is unclear why there were fewer tickets issued in 2008 than in previous years. A spokesman for Broward’s Florida Highway Patrol troop said it may be related to the economy because fewer drivers are on the road.