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8/15/2006
Top Georgia Speed Trap Collects $1000 per Resident
Police departments in small northeast Georgia cities are using speeding tickets to generate up to $1000 per resident in annual revenue.

Speed signFor the third year in a row, cops in Pendergrass, Georgia earned the state's speed trap record by collecting $1012 in cash for each of the city's 479 residents. The $485,011 prize came from seizures, fees, and speeding tickets in 2005. Motorists passing through on their way between Athens and Gainesville provided the lion's share of the money.

Other Georgia cities generated higher profit levels, but none could match the per capita take of Pendergrass. Nearby Braselton came in at number two with $713,898 in revenue, or $363 per resident. Atlanta collected $37.9 million, or $90.46 per resident.

Article Excerpt:
Top Northeast Georgia Speed Traps 2005
CITYPOPULATIONREVENUEPER CAPITA

Pendergrass
479$485,011$1,012.55

Braselton
1,966$713,898$363.12

Arcade
1,912$500,677$261.86

Madison
3,781$460,065$121.68

Cornelia
3,704$303,939$82.06

Hoschton
1,440$114,332$79.40

Greensboro
3,384$221,413$65.43

Comer
1,141$51,364$45.02

Social Circle
3,810$139,287$36.56

Monroe
11,903$422,805$35.53

Maysville
1,495$47,309$31.64

Winder
12,083$283,060$19.70

Toccoa
9,225$96,148$10.42

Figures from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Source: Pendergrass again top collector (Athens Banner-Herald (GA), 8/15/2006)



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