Law enforcement loses traffic grants

(WEAU) - Drivers often dread seeing red and blue lights flashing in the rear view mirror, because it usually means you're being pulled over by a police officer.

"Speed and aggressive driving still remain the number one causes or contributing factors in crashes that we do investigate,” said Eau Claire County Sergeant Carl Duncan.

Last year 4,256 tickets were written by the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department.

But without a traffic grant from the Department of Transportation, deputies will have less time to monitor the roads.

"Traffic enforcement is a discretionary activity, it means its done when deputies have the time to do it,” said Carl.

Deputy Sheriff James Haworth says the roads are safer when officers are on traffic duty.

"It’s very important, we are a very mobile society we do a lot in our automobiles and people do need to feel safe when their on the roads,” said Eau Claire County Deputy Sheriff James Haworth.

Last year, grant money paid for officers to concentrate on speeders for 639 hours.

The money allows the department to pay overtime to deputies assigned to traffic enforcement.

"With Eau Claire being a major hub for retail and medical, its not only Eau Claire residents that are using Eau Claire counties roads,” said Carl.

"We're very resourceful we can find new ways or better ways or more efficient ways to do traffic enforcement," said James.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:02 PM
    A possible solution (if they get this grant in the future) would be to employ a deputy who doesn't have to work overtime or require full benefits to fulfill this grant, that perhaps could increase the number of hours from 639 hours to about 1000 hours. A thousand hours of manpower sure would be better than 639.
  • by Batman Location: EC on Mar 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
    Anybody who thinks law enforcement write "easy" OWI tickets needs an education. First, it takes hours to process an OWI violator, longer if there is a crash/injury involved. Second, if you think this is a waste of time, go visit an ER after an OWI crash, or worse, talk to a family of somebody who has lost somebody to a drunk driver. Pulling over a drunk driver isn't a money making venture, it's a life saving means to protect innocent people. For the record, the governor has nothing to do with what agencies get grants. Opinions are easy to spew out when you don't know the truth.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    Blame Walker!!
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      by Sr on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to
      Again, be informed. Walker is not the reason for no grant $$. If you don't know, keep quiet. Please.
  • by Jason Location: Eau Claire on Mar 22, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    I did a ride along once with one of the county guys -- He was an older guy. He showed how the tickets are broken down -- I can't remember, been 5 or 6 years since I did the ride along... But the ticket was around $140 at the time for 0-9 over... of which, a chunk went to the school system that the violation occured, the township, the county, and a handful other organizations. The ticket itself was around $35, but after all the other folks got their cut, it quadrupled it. I remember him saying something to the effect, 'I'd write a $35 ticket all day long, but $135? I'd rather give them warnings, because somepeople don't make that in a WEEK.' Call the Sheriff's department and ask how much of the ticket they get to keep -- it's so minimal, it's pathetic.
  • by Debbie Location: EC on Mar 22, 2012 at 04:23 AM
    Perhaps some better time management is needed.
  • by Nick Location: Chippewa on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:55 PM
    Here is a true lie, you pulled over 4000 some people, how many got tickets? @ $16O.00 something for min. Fines it should be able to pay for an officer and his car. Sorry Ron Kramer!
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      by Sr on Mar 23, 2012 at 09:58 AM in reply to Nick
      Do your homework, and find out just how much (or little/none) of the fines go to ECC? FYI - NONE goes back to the Sheriff's office!!!
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      by sam on Mar 24, 2012 at 05:06 AM in reply to Nick
      You should also learn how to spell "cramer".
  • by Fail on Mar 21, 2012 at 08:31 PM
    639 / 40 = 15.97500 15.97500 / 52 = 0.307211538 I feel protected...
  • by Buss Location: chippewa on Mar 21, 2012 at 06:23 PM
    maybe they should start to stop speeders and red lite runners
  • by thomas Location: upnorth on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:44 PM
    well, maybe they will have to actually start working on crimes instead of the easy owi stuff.
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      by ahem on Mar 22, 2012 at 04:09 AM in reply to thomas
      I think most would think that owi IS a crime, and one that could in fact deprive someone else of life or cause serious injuries.
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        by mr on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:55 PM in reply to ahem
        an OWI is not a real crime. If you actually injure someone as a result of drinking and driving, there are numerous crimes you could be charged with. An OWI has no victim. You could deprive someone of their life by driving a car sober too, is that a crime?
  • by anon Location: ec on Mar 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM
    go get them speeders ! - but the time someone broke into my truck it was 'just kids havin fun'. I think EC is going to see troubles grow quickly
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