LAPORTE — LaPorte County sheriff's police issued 40 percent more traffic tickets in 2017, and the stepped-up enforcement continues this year.
LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said a rash of serious injury and fatal crashes on U.S 20 was a factor in so many tickets getting written, but so was a desire for safer travel countywide.
According to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department annual report for 2017, there were 3,338 traffic citations and 7,786 warnings issued.
Boyd said the volume of warning tickets, more than double the number of actual citations, shows the effort was strictly about increasing safety, not generating revenue.
"Our deputies stepped up to the plate and stopped a lot of cars," Boyd said.
Other 2017 statistics in the department's report include:
- 14 fatal motor vehicle crashes resulted in 19 deaths.
- Zero homicides.
- 4 robberies, up by one over 2016.
- 3,685 total criminal offenses, up 10 percent.
- 4,627 jail bookings, up 5 percent.
- 30,830 calls for service, up 17 percent.
Boyd said cellphones make it easier for the public to reach out to law enforcement.
He also believes more people these days call the police instead of handling certain matters themselves.
"We live in a society where law enforcement is being called on more and more to solve people’s problems that traditionally we haven’t necessarily been called upon to resolve," Boyd said.