Split of ticket money revised

More of the money people pay for traffic tickets could end up staying in the community to fund local police services, and you’d have to shell out less in some cases.

The Greenwood City Council voted 8-1 Monday to write traffic tickets as violations of local rules instead of state laws. The hope is that the switch will give Greenwood at least $100,000 more a year to spend on police protection or other operating expenses.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said his office planned to bring a similar proposal to the county council next year in order to capture more money from the citations that already are being written. He said an advantage would be that the county likely would charge less for traffic tickets, which often run about $120 to $150, depending on the motorist’s driving record.

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