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traffic tickets up 40-percent

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 17:09 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

LaPorte County Police issued 40-percent more traffic tickets in 2017 and there's been no let-up this year in the stepped up enforcement.

LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said a rash of serious injury and fatal crashes on U.S 20 was a factor in so many tickets getting written but so was a desire for safer travel countywide.

According to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department annual report for 2017, there were 3,338 traffic citations given out.

7,786 warnings were also issued.

Boyd said warning tickets more than doubling actual citations shows the effort was strictly about increasing safety, not generating revenue.

''Our deputies stepped up to the plate and stopped a lot of cars,'' Boyd said.

The department also investigated 14 motor vehicle crashes that produced 19 deaths last year.

According to the report, there were no homicides handled by the sheriff's office in 2017.

The four robberies were up by one over the previous year.

Other findings in the report include 3,685 total criminal offenses reported, an increase of 10-percent, and 4,627 jail bookings, a five percent hike over the previous year.

Calls for service increased 17-percent to 30,830.

Boyd said one reason is cell phones making it easier for the public to reach out to law enforcement.

He also believes more people nowadays call the police instead of handling certain matters themselves.

''We live in a society where law enforcement is being called on more and more to solve people's problems that traditionally we haven't necessarily been called upon to resolve,'' Boyd said.
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