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Turner Co. tickets necessary, sheriff says

ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

Several towns and counties in south Georgia have ranked as among Georgia's worst ticket traps by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Turner County is number 11 on the list. Sheriff Andy Hester says the office has had units patrolling Interstate 75 for over 20 years and their enforcement of traffic laws is helping to save lives.

The report was based on amount of revenue cities and counties received from tickets based on population.

The newspaper report says Turner County has taken in over two million dollars in revenue from traffic tickets each year from 2009 through 2012.

Turner County is just one place to rank as a ticket trap in south Georgia. The Sheriff says they do more thank write tickets.

Turner county ranks in the top 50 for traffic citations for a county of almost 9,000 residents. "The average speeder that we check out here run about 87-88 and higher," said Deputy Ellis Keen.

Keen is assigned to one of six traffic units that worked Interstate 75 in Turner County. He's there to help enforce traffic laws.

"That car we just checked in the center lane is going 88 miles an hour," said Keen.

Turner County was named number 11 in the top 50 worst ticket traps in the state, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"We're not going to turn a blind eye to it, because we get criticized for getting out here and enforcing traffic laws, and if people didn't break the laws, we wouldn't be able to stop it," said Sheriff Andy Hester.

Hester says it's all about public safety. "We are fair to people and we stay on top of what the law tells us where supposed to do, and that's important to me that we follow the rules, just as much as we expect people to follow them."

The Sheriff's Office issued a list of various traffic citations for the year which came out to 9,097 for the year. The list includes, DUI's suspended license and failure to maintain lanes. The sheriff says it not all about speeding.

"It's the most prevalent one that their able to stop somebody for and that leads to other things," said Hester.

The Sheriff says the ticket traps ranking was no surprise. "I know we write a lot of tickets. I keep track of the tickets we write."

Turner County issues between 10,000 and 13,000 traffic violations a year.

Traffic Citations by Month/Year:    10/2014

Report run on: October 21, 2014 10:12 AM


Statute Description

Adult Restraint Law Seat Belt 18 An

10

103

Approaching Authorized Emergency vehicle

14

98

Child Restraint Law Child Seat Safety Be 1st

18

302

Color In Lighting Equipment

1

1

Color In Lighting Equipment

1

1

D.U.I.

1

1         3

Defective Equipment

1

32

Driving In Left Lane Of 3+ Lanes

4

32

Driving W/O License On Person

1

75

Driving W/O License (Unlicensed/Wrong G Cl)

2

54

Driving While Tag Is Suspended 1st

3

46

Driving W/Suspended Or Revoked License 1st

14

189

Expired Registration Revaluation Decal

6

28

Expired Vehicle Tag Or Decal

7

141

Failure To Change Address On D/L

1

13

Failure To Maintain Lane

8

137

Lighted Headlights Required At Certain Times

1

16

Littering Highway

1

2

No Insurance 1st

3

14

Open Container In Vehicle

1

44

Permitting Unlicensed Driver To Driving vehicle

6

47

Possession Of Marijuana - Misd

2

12

Possession Of Marijuana Less Than 1 Oz

1

29

Possession Of Marijuana Less Than 1 Oz

1

1

Reckless Driving 1st

1

39

Speeding

525

7153

Tag Light Illumination Required

2

4

Tail Lights Required

3

9

Tire Covers

1

5

Turning Position; Signals Required

2

9

Turning Position; Signals Required

2

37

Violation Of Window Tint Law

20

342

Windshields And Windshield Wipers

1

9



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