Police to weigh traffic officer role after citation decline

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The Hollister Police Department is asking for the council’s direction on the possible funding of a traffic officer with money provided through an assembly bill.
Council members at their Monday meeting will weigh traffic officer funding through Assembly Bill 767, according to the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting at Hollister City Hall.
It comes after a Free Lance report in September pointing to a steep drop in issuance of speeding citations in the city.
In the most recent calendar year, 2013, police gave out 76 speeding tickets, according to city data. In 2012, the city issued just 43 speeding tickets.
Those numbers represent a general decline from the prior three years. In 2011, police issued 259 speeding citations. In 2010, police issued 129. And in 2009, officers gave out 180 speeding tickets, according to city data provided to the Free Lance in response to a public records request.
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