reprinted from the Miami Herald
Traffic tickets are way down. It’s not because drivers in Miami have gotten better.
Only lousy drivers might have noticed, but Miami-Dade cops are doling out fewer Miami traffic tickets — mainly because the department is running out of paper ticket books.
Miami Traffic Ticket Issuance is Down…
The reason: an electronic traffic citation system, which allows cops to file tickets to the courts directly from their laptops, has been delayed for months. The department hasn’t ordered new ticket books, and is hoping their stock lasts until the electronic system debuts sometimes in January.
Miami-Dade patrol officers have been warned to make their “Florida Uniform Citation” books – which normally contain 25 blank tickets – last until the system is up and running department wide. That means only the most blatant of traffic scofflaws are getting pulled over on roads considered the most dangerous in Florida.
“It’s true that we have limited citations,” said Miami-Dade Police Maj. Hector Llevat, a spokesman. “Officers are using their discretion.”
From speeding to red-lights to seatbelt violations, Miami-Dade police traffic citations have fallen in the last two years, court records show.
Through the first 11 months of the year, Miami-Dade police issued 76,563 citations. This means they will fall well short of last year’s total of 98,330 — and far shy of the 123,731 tickets issued in 2015.
One Miami-Dade police officer who frequently goes after traffic offenders told the Miami Herald that “the majority of officers don’t have ticket books.
Miami is Home to the Most Dangerous Roads
According to one recent study, Miami-Dade is home to the most dangerous roads in the state, including stretches of Interstate 95 and Northwest 54th and Seventh streets.
Through this week, Miami-Dade had logged 57,555 vehicle crashes in 2017, with more than 200 fatalities. By far, that’s the highest volume of any county in Florida, as it’s named for having the “worst drivers” in the United States two years in a row.
More drivers on the road than ever in Miami-Dade means lot of traffic tickets. More than one million filed by cops every year, in fact.
Don’t Get Too Comfortable…
Don’t get used to this situation. The Miami police will have their new ticket software system up and running in no time. In fact, they’ll make up for their current traffic ticket deficit as well. Count on this.
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