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Traffic tickets Warwick's top industry?

Poulan is famous for the sign, but Warwick rakes in the fine cash... Poulan is famous for the sign, but Warwick rakes in the fine cash...
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - When it comes to making money off traffic tickets, Warwick has no equal in the state of Georgia.

The Atlanta-Journal-Constitution has compiled a list of jurisdictions, and ranked them according to the money taken in by traffic fines, against the population. 

Warwick has only 416 people, but took in almost $1.3 million in traffic fines over the last five years. That comes to over $3,100 for every man, woman, and child in Warwick. The city took in over $393,000 in 2012, the last year for which data is available. 

The next closest town is Oliver, in Screven County in East Georgia, which falls $300 short of Warwick, and has about 250 people.

Poulan, which has double Warwick's population, took in $1.6 million over the same period, for a per capita take of just over $2,000 for each person who lives in Poulan.

Dougherty County makes $35 per capita, while Albany makes $46. 

Colquitt County makes $46, while the city of Doerun makes $373.

The city of Sylvester makes $75, while Worth County makes $71. 

The city of Leesburg takes in $165 per capita.

Tift County has taken in $10 million over five years, which comes to $259 per capita.

Other counties with an Interstate have done well, too. Dooly County, with only 14,000 residents has taken in $7.7 million over five years, while Ashburn with only 3,800 people, has taken in $4.1 million.

With 11 times that population, Coffee County has taken in only $3.9 million by comparison.

Click HERE to see the AJC's interactive map.



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