Fewer traffic tickets mean less revenue for parts of the state. Dorchester County officials say they have lost thousands of dollars in traffic fines and dismissed hundreds of cases because of state troopers leaving the force. The Charleston Post and Courier is reporting that the ranks of state troopers in the Lowcountry has decreased by about a third since 2008 and that has cut into the number of traffic tickets being written by about one-fourth.
A Dorchester County official estimates that as many as 200 tickets a month are dismissed because of troopers leaving the force which has led to an estimated seven percent reduction in revenue for the magistrate’s office. Fines are split between local courts and the state.
Statewide, the number of troopers is down about 11 percent from 2008.