Speeding tickets issued in Germantown on the decrease

Speeding tickets issued in Germantown on the decrease

(WMC-TV) – The City of Germantown has a reputation for cutting down on speeders – with tickets.

But with a decline in the number of speeding tickets handed out, could the city be losing its touch?

Germantown residents may be seeing an increase in police presence but traffic citations are down.

The Germantown Police Department confirmed that since 2009 the percentage of traffic tickets they hand out has dropped by about 50 percent.

Nearly 19,000 tickets were issued in 2009. That dropped to around 14,600 in 2010 and 13,500 in 2011. This year, they have issued just over 9,600.

Action News 5's Jerica Phillips asked residents if they thought Germantown's traffic enforcers were losing steam.

"It has pretty much gotten me to where I don't speed anymore," said driver Jeff Hearn.

Driving into the city, folks know that police are usually waiting with radar guns atop the hill at Riverdale Road and Poplar Avenue. Although the construction has been ongoing for months, some say the police presence alone makes speed demons slow down.

"I usually see about five just trying to get to a friend's house and the construction always slows people down," said driver Will Cochran.

Some believe the city's zero tolerance reputations speaks for itself.

"I don't think the construction has anything to do with it," said Germantown driver Christie Johnson, who added that people just know the consequences by now. "They'll send you to traffic school in a heartbeat."

Germantown police say a number of variables could be contributing to the slowdown in citations, including red-light cameras at major intersections.

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