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Speeding tickets spike after settlement

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The end to Gwinnett's service delivery dispute has created a surge in tickets, Recorder's Court Judge Patti Muise said Thursday.

Muise presented the court's business plan for 2013 during a budget review process, saying the three judges are able to handle the load despite a projected tripling of speeding tickets this year compared to 2011.

According to a chart, the court handled 4,425 speeding tickets in March, the first month when police were again allowed to use radar guns to clock speeders after more than a year without the technology due to a dispute with cities that left the county without qualified local government status.

The number compares to 1,205 the previous March, when sheriff's deputies could use the devices but police were limited to other means of enforcing speed violations.

Through June, the court dealt with 14,384 speeding tickets, far greater than the 11,793 issued for all of 2011. In 2010, before the sanctions were imposed, the number was 20,372.

During a presentation later that morning, Police Chief Charlie Walters said the department is on track to produce about the same number of total citations this year as last year. Walters said he did not know about the discrepancy with Muise's statistics.

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kevin 1 year, 7 months ago

Great news. I am sick and tired of drivers riding 2 inches from my rear end on the highway. They look like idiots in my rear mirror. Just wish the majority of those tickets were from drivers on the McGinnis Ferry new road, where they go by at 60mph.

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TOWG 1 year, 7 months ago

Why don't you just move over?

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OrganicGrl 1 year, 7 months ago

@Kevin... Are you one of those drivers that drive in the fast lane and/or HOV lane going 50mph in a 65 mile zone? For some reason, those are the ones don't seem to understand "YOU" are creating and causing traffic..

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gwnordad 1 year, 7 months ago

stop crying,and move over!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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gwinnettisgreat1 1 year, 7 months ago

You are the one who causes wrecks you moron! If you would get to mov'n instead of watching your rear view mirror, you would not have anything to post. MOVE OVER!!!

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citized 1 year, 7 months ago

That number would double if we could give tickets to cops that go WAY over the limit,NO LIGHTS,SIREN. I do however write the car number and time down,location just in case I ever get a ticket, must have over 50 this year so far.

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BuzzG 1 year, 7 months ago

Politicians need to make up for lost TSPLOST money lost.

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Mack711 1 year, 7 months ago

Did you really expect the rate to drop? After all the county and cities lost their biggest cash cow and now they are milking that cow for all they can get. Would like to see the traffic accident reports durin the time that radar was not in use and have it broken down into what type of accident it was, like speeding, following to close and other items.

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notblind 1 year, 7 months ago

SCREW THE GOOBERMINT !!!!!!!! Slow down. It's the stop signs and red lights that really determine if you get there a few minutes sooner or later.

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BurritoJones 1 year, 7 months ago

The man's right. I can't count how many times I've been left in the dust by someone flying by, only to meet back up with them at the next red light.

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CD 1 year, 7 months ago

When I do see the county set a speedtrap, it's usually because speeds are truly excessive and not a situation such as Suwanee/Duluth where generally it seems as though there is little in the way of a safety issue vs. revenue.

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CountrySocrates 1 year, 7 months ago

Laws are solely meant for punishing abnormal behavior. If everyone's driving 75 MPH on the highway, then isn't that the norm? Then why is the speed limit 65 or less?

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 7 months ago

They should rename the Gwinnett County Police Department to the Gwinnett County Revenue Enhancement Force.

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Mack711 1 year, 7 months ago

You are leaving out Suwanee, Norcross, Duluth, Snellville and other cities around the county. They are also using radar revenue enhancement force as well.

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