Monday, September 18, 2000

Vehicle officers issue 27K tickets

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — Some legislators are concerned about the growing rate at which vehicle enforcement officers are issuing speeding tickets and the role they're playing on Kentucky's roads.

        The state's 169 vehicle enforcement officers, who drive brown cruisers, have issued 27,443 speeding tickets so far in 2000, nearly 6,000 more than they did during all of last year.

        That total is still far fewer than state police, who issued 164,266 speeding tickets last year and 164,423 in 1998.

        The vehicle enforcement officers report to the state Transportation Cabinet; the state police report to the Justice Cabinet.

        The point of having two agencies reporting to different arms of state government, but with the same authority to issue tickets, is lost on some lawmakers.

        Rep. Steve Riggs, a Louisville Democrat, filed a bill this year that would have transferred the Division of Vehicle Enforcement from the Transportation Cabinet to the Justice Cabinet.

        Officials with the vehicle enforcement division said their agency exists to complement the state police.

        Mr. Riggs' bill ran into opposition from Gov. Paul Patton. His bill was never called for a vote in committee.

        Mr. Patton thinks the two agencies “are cooperating and working together well,” said his press secretary, Rusty Cheuvront.


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