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Traffic stops not the revenue generator you think

The next time you are pulled over on the road by local law enforcement, it is not because the deputy is trying to earn a few bucks. For many people, traffic stops could be one of the few times they interact with a police officer or sheriff’s deputy. In Kewaunee County, patrol deputies issued 1,073 citations for traffic enforcement. That could amount to over $188,000 in fines if they were all speeding violations of up to 10 miles per hour over the limit. As Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski details below, that money goes to many different places. Surcharges for the jail, the crime lab, the circuit court, and the justice information system are all part of the equation. Joski says they would much rather have a simple conversation with you if it can regulate reckless behavior on the roadways.

This could be a busy time of the year for local law enforcement as travelers return home from their Labor Day weekend vacations and adjust to having farming implements and school buses back on the road.

 

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