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Does your town depend on income from traffic violations?

Georgia residents may be surprised to learn that the Peach State was recently mentioned in an interesting article in Forbes Magazine. The article exposed a correlation between municipalities that have a consistently high number of traffic violations and the budget. Traffic tickets are meant to serve as a penalty to combat driver error, but the article exposes an ulterior motive. 

Forbes has revealed that many small towns and municipalities have become heavily reliant on the money made from traffic tickets and fines that are levied against drivers. For some towns, the funds collected in this way account for more than half the budget. This money is generally used to pay employees, make repairs and keep the local government afloat. 

While certainly, making improvements on a local level and maintaining the surrounding community benefits residents and should not be considered a waste, people may now worry that being accused of traffic violations is a money-making scheme. If a person pleads or is found guilty and forced to pay fines that may not actually be appropriate when the facts of a case are carefully considered, he or she may feel as if the system is designed to generate cash, not keep drivers safe and law abiding. Residents may take issue knowing that the town they live in has a budget that is based on the collection of penalties from future traffic violations. 

If a person is accused of traffic violations in Georgia, he or she might want to fight the ticket. A person is innocent of any traffic infraction unless and until proven guilty in court. In order to ensure fair treatment as a ticket is disputed, it might be wise to contact an attorney that is familiar with local traffic laws to assist with the process.