Fewer Cops, More Traffic Tickets In San Diego


The number of police officers patrolling the streets of San Diego has shrunk over the past few years, but the number of traffic tickets they’re writing is increasing, says the San Diego Union-Tribune. More tickets aren’t necessarily due to more bad drivers, but rather a more focused effort to crack down on them, police officials said.

Between 2007 and 2008, the number of citations written for hazardous violations jumped by 22 percent citywide, from 34,420 to 42,140. Common moving violations considered hazardous include speeding, running red lights, sign violations, illegal U-turns, and unsafe lane changes. The figures do not include red-light photo tickets. Traffic issues have historically dominated community meetings across the city, said Capt. Mary Cornicelli, who oversees the traffic unit. “It is without a doubt the single most heard complaint,” she said.

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