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Ticket surcharge planned in New Albany

June 28, 2014

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (AP) — Police in New Albany are moving ahead with to add a $10 surcharge to tickets issued for moving violations.

Officials told WTVA-TV (http://bit.ly/1mCDb1A) that the department plans to use revenue from the surcharge to buy new radio equipment and software that would link the department with others around Mississippi.

“The state of Mississippi has come up with one of the best radio systems in the United States probably. It’s called the Miss Win radio system,” Police Chief Chris Robertson said.

The chief said the system would link perfectly with the equipment already in use by New Albany officers.

“This is a way for us to keep up with some of our technology issues as far as wireless communications and also our mobile data in the vehicles. We actually have work stations here in our cars,” Robertson said.

The chief said that with the surcharge, violators fund the system.

“We’re curious to see how much we’re going to accumulate the next year, the next twelve months. And, just kind of assess it at that point and go from there,” he said.

Not all area residents are in favor of the plan.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea because the fines now, anything you get, it’s over $100 now. And, that should be enough,” said Karen Nix.

But local store clerk Judy Culver was in favor of the surcharge. “I think it’s a good idea because the police department does need help with its equipment. I think it’s a good idea.”

The chief said that if his department does get the new equipment at least violators won’t have to get the hand-written citations anymore.

“No more tickets, no more handwritten reports. It’ll all be done on computer,” he said.

Robertson said the Mississippi Department of Public Safety must approve the surcharge before it’s enacted.

State approval also would be required for the purchase of new communications equipment.


Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com

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