Fewer SC troopers cutting into traffic fine income

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Dorchester County officials say they have lost thousands of dollars in traffic fines and dismissed hundreds of cases because of state troopers leaving the force.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Sunday that the ranks of state troopers in the Lowcountry has decreased by about a third since 2008 and that has cut the number of traffic tickets written by about a quarter.

Dorchester County Chief Magistrate Maite Murphy estimates that as many as 200 tickets a month are dismissed because of troopers leaving the force. That has led to an estimated 7% reduction in revenue for the magistrate's office. Fines are split between local courts and the state.

Statewide, the number of troopers is down about 11% from 2008.

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