Adel Collects Big Money From Law Violators

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Adel, Ga. - May 02, 2012 -

Agencies in Cook County, Georgia have been enjoying some extra money for the past three years out of the pockets of people who don't obey the law.

Countless drivers are ticketed in Adel everyday. The cash for those traffic violations adds up. But not everyone pays their fines.

Over the past three years the Probate Court has been cracking down on delinquent violators.

"Three years ago when I took office in 2009 we discovered we had over $700,000 worth of unpaid traffic citations on the books for the years 1985 - 2008," said Probate Judge Chase Daughtrey.

Judge Daughtrey wrote a symbolic check to the County Commission to represent three years of extra money - over $100,000.

The tickets were not paid because some people skipped out on court,
others didn't have the money and some simply forgot they had one at all.

"What we've been doing with it is we've been able to hire a Solicitor with these funds to free up some time for our officers to give them time to go do what they do," said Brett Kelly of the Cook County Commission.

The money is added to the Commission's general fund. It's dispersed among several county agencies including the Sheriff's and roads departments.

The probate court is still working on collecting the other roughly $600,000 worth of unpaid tickets.

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  • by Aulton Location: Adel on May 9, 2012 at 01:53 AM
    Ok let me get this right a public official doing the right thing finding hundreds of thousands of fines is bad? I applaud his scrutiny of a system that is run as a family business. You break the law you get fined. What is greedy about that? Now crack down on Illegal aliens in the county. And what part of Illegal don’t people understand.
  • by TallyTrashTalks2 Location: Tallahasse on May 3, 2012 at 07:51 PM
    I'd clean house on the idiots who obviously weren't doing THEIR job for this debt to be so huge!!
  • by Taxpayer Location: Earth on May 3, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    What do you mean "They FOUND $700,000" in unpaid traffic tickets? Would it not be more correct to say-- OFFICIALS FORCED TO DISCLOSE THEY WERE NOT DOING THEIR JOBS IN COLLECTING TRAFFIC FINES.
  • by John Location: Tallahassee on May 3, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Greed is what it sounds like to me..
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 08:58 AM in reply to John
      How is it greed when someone violates a local law, gets a ticket, and the City wants them to pay the ticket? It seems pretty simple to me. if you don't want to pay a ticket don't violate traffic laws. Seems to me you are the greedy one for not wanting people to take responsibility for their actions!
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        by Aulton on May 9, 2012 at 02:01 AM in reply to
        Thumbs up. Only people that break the law feel it is wrong to be fined. I love the last line. "Take responsibility for their actions" Adle Police are usually hard because they watch for scofflaws
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      by terry on May 3, 2012 at 05:47 PM in reply to John
      you are right it is greed. dont pay any attention to ANONYMOUS.more than likely he is part of the problem.
  • by Gerry on May 2, 2012 at 06:54 PM
    You noticed nothing was said about improving safety.....just like red light cameras it's all about sticking it to poor people so our elitists politicians have more money
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      by bill a. --adel on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 PM in reply to Gerry
      true i wish the voters could wake up and vote these heartless corrupt idiots out office.all they do is protect their jobs at the expense of the poor.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 06:38 AM in reply to bill a. --adel
        So you break the law and get a ticket, now when the city comes looking to collect they are "heartless corrupt idiots".
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          by Gerry on May 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to
          Red light cameras were installed "to improve safety" ...... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Tickets are a much larger burden on the poor than the rich and countless studies have shown do not improve safety. Not paying tickets is wrong but corrupt politicians passing another law to raise revenue should be called just that.
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          by bill a. --adel on May 3, 2012 at 05:44 PM in reply to
          they are way more than corrupt idiots but wctv wont print it if i say.
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        by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM in reply to bill a. --adel
        both parties corrupt money hungry power hungry elitists
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2012 at 07:04 PM in reply to Gerry
      If they wanted to improve safety they should lengthen yellow lights which does prevent collisions and costs the poor nothing. Some cities were even caught shortening yellow lights after installing cameras. Corrupt no but immoral definitely.
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