PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA – Disappearing in 2012, the city’s traffic enforcement division is back on the scene. Speeders and other traffic violators, beware…the men and women of the unit are after you.
Because the police that used to staff the unit were reabsorbed back into the department, there are plans to hire five new officers, including one sergeant. The city is estimating that it will cost just over $450,000 to hire and equip these men and women. The reformation of the unit was added into the city budget just before it was approved.
According to city officials, spending the tax payers’ money to put the unit back on the streets is more important than using that money to pay the city’s debt. “The city can’t afford not to do it,” said Councilman Ron Bowen. Although it is known that the revamped unit will be a revenue source for the city, the revenue will be small.
Traffic fines across the city have dropped in the last year. While the city does collect some money when people pay their fines, it is only a small percentage of what is actually paid. For example, if a person is stopped for speeding and receives a $206 fine, the city collects only $50.80 of that money.
While the number of crashes in the city has been stable, fatalities are on the rise. It is hoped that an increased police presence will encourage drivers to be more cautious on the roadways. The police are taking a proactive approach to traffic issues in an attempt to keep citizens as safe as possible.
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