9/5/2005Connecticut Makes Millions From Speeding Tickets
Speeding tickets have generated $92 million for Connecticut since 2000.
Connecticut is making millions from speeding tickets issued to drivers, especially those who live in other states. Since 2000, about thirty towns have each been responsible for generating over a million in speeding tickets. The most profitable of these, Union, a town with a population of 735 located near the Massachusetts border, pulled in the equivalent of $4625 in speeding tickets for each resident.
Remarkably, Connecticut State Trooper Scott Prouty single-handedly collected $2.1 million in revenue in just five years, with a colleague netting $1.2 million. In the same period, state and local police together collected $83.7 million from speeding tickets that were never taken to court. The state likely made an estimated $8 million from the remaining motorists who were found guilty. Only about one-third contest their tickets, primarily because out-of-state drivers account for nearly fifty percent of citations.
David Wattie, a truck driver from Harrisburg, Pa., said he and most other truckers know about the straight stretch of I-84 through Union. They warn each other on the CB radio. "You know to slow down when you come through here," he said.Source: Prey For The Radar Gun (Hartford Courant, 9/4/2005)
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