A recent article mentions that Florida state revenue from traffic tickets is down. According to the article, the most recent statistics that the state has are from 2008. During that time, officers wrote 120,000 fewer tickets than in 2006.
Some say that the economy may be to blame. The Florida Highway Patrol is seeing fewer drivers on the road, and those who do drive are taking greater precautions to avoid a speeding ticket. Others say that police officers may be more sympathetic to the financial plight of Florida drivers, and may be writing fewer tickets. Another factor may be that budget cuts are forcing police departments to focus on more serious crimes like DUI.
Whatever the reason, Florida’s budget is feeling the pinch, especially in the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Trust Fund.
Source: Florida Traffic Tickets Declining, WJHG.com, July 31, 2010
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