JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KMOX) – Should small Missouri cities that set up speed traps to fund their operations have to share some of their ticket revenue? A Missouri state senator, local county executive, and Missouri Senate Committee think so.
A committee has okayed Senator Tom Dempsey’s proposal which would allow those communities to keep ticket revenue to cover just 20 percent of their operating budget and send the rest to the state’s schools.
St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann says it is only fair.
“If they think it’s necessary to strictly enforce speed limits on a particular stretch of an interstate or a particular neighborhood, that’s entirely up to the local elected officials but we want to make sure they’re doing it for the right reasons and not simply doing it to raise money,” he said. “This bill would take the profit motive out of writing tickets.”
Currently, according to Ehlmann, cities and counties may raise up to 35 percent of their revenue through traffic tickets but loopholes allow cities to keep much more than that.
“Now, I’m not second guessing any of those police officers or any of those elected officials in those cities as to whether that type of enforcement is necessary, I just wanted to make sure that if they’re doing it, they’re doing it for the right reasons,” Ehlmann added.