5 Reasons Why Romulus Issues so Many Traffic Tickets
Our traffic ticket attorneys represent men and women across all of Southeast Michigan – but nowhere does there seem to be a higher number of traffic tickets than in Romulus! In this article our traffic lawyers explain some of the possible reasons why Romulus is the “ticket capital” of the Detroit area.
(1.) Romulus Has 5 Police Entities that Can Write Tickets
Unfortunately, there are four police departments who can give you a traffic ticket if you are driving in Romulus, Michigan – which is higher than almost any other city in Southeast Michigan. And more cops simply means more tickets.
The Romulus Police Department has jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets in Romulus. And since Romulus is in Wayne County, you can also receive a traffic ticket from a Wayne County Sheriff deputy. Additionally, the Michigan State Police have jurisdiction to issue traffic tickets on any highways (such as I-275 and I-94) , as well as in towns and cities anywhere within the state of Michigan.
However, people often do not realize that a fourth police department, The Detroit Metro Airport Police, has the authority to issue tickets at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) which is also in Romulus.
Unfortunately, this means that if you commit even a minor, unintentional driving mistake in Romulus there’s probably an officer nearby ready to write you a ticket.
(2.) Police Department Traffic Ticket “Quotas”
Romulus, like most jurisdictions have a target number of tickets for officers to issue every month. While police departments do not like to call them “quotas” that is essentially what they are. And failure of a traffic police officer to write enough tickets will reflect poorly in their “performance standard review.”
(3.) Romulus Traffic Tickets are Big Revenue
According to an article in Detroit Business Journal DBusiness, the revenue from traffic tickets for the Romulus 34th District Court was more than $23.9 million for 2005-2009. While Romulus only has a population of 23,281 (2016), according to that article 238,788 moving violations were issued in Romulus during this period!
As you can see that’s traffic tickets equate to BIG revenue for a small city.
(4.) NHTSA Grants Ride on Traffic Ticket
The federal government provides grant money to many local police departments through National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) Grants. Examples of these grant programs are seat belt enforcement initiatives and drunk driving prevention road checks around the holidays.
But in order to receive federal grant money the Police Department must report the number of traffic stops and traffic tickets issued – so the NHTSA can confirm that its grant money is being properly allocated. In other words, more tickets equals more grant money in the future.
(3.) Out of State Residents are Airport Traffic Ticket Targets
Finally, the presence of Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus is a big contributor to the number of traffic tickets written in Romulus. More than 34 million travelers pass through Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Romulus every year – creating thousands of potential traffic ticket victims.
And, most jurisdictions love to target out-of-town visitors, since they know non-residents will often just pay the ticket rather than having to return and fight it.
Romulus Traffic Attorney Beats Traffic Tickets
Whether you live in Romulus, or were just passing through, our experienced traffic attorneys are committed to offering you the most effective representation in your traffic ticket case. We provide the most skilled and aggressive representation at the most affordable prices. And your first consultation is always FREE.
In many situations we can even represent you without the need for you to appear in court – so there is no need for you to return to Romulus!