7/13/2007Florida: Statewide Ticketing in High Gear
Florida seat belt ticketing crusade brings in millions in revenue.
In just two weeks, police agencies across the state of Florida issued 28,788 citations to motorists who neglected to wear a seat belt. The combined law enforcement effort ran from May 21 to June 3 as part of a federally funded Click it or Ticket campaign.
"This initiative is about more than traffic citations," said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie C. Kopelousos in a statement. "It's about saving lives in Florida."
With the average full cost of a seatbelt citation in Florida is about $70, the agencies brought in about revenue at a rate of about $1 million per week. The Florida Highway Patrol took top honors with 7701 tickets issued and the Collier County Sheriff's Office took second with 2731 issued over the two week period. Over the July 4 holiday (July 3 to July 8), the Florida Highway Patrol kept up the pace with 7589 speeding tickets and 1426 seatbelt tickets.
Of the twenty-eight fatal traffic accidents that occurred over the holiday, twenty-three involved suspected alcohol use. Of the remaining accidents, only two of those killed, one a driver and one a passenger, were not wearing a seatbelt.
A spreadsheet showing the number of seatbelt citations issued between May 21 and June 3, 2007 is available in a 24k PDF file at the source link below.