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Kenova Police Implement Ticket Fee To Help Pay For Equipment, Training

Reported: Apr. 1, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 1, 2014 5:33 PM EDT
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KENOVA, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox) -- Drivers who regularly speed should beware.

"Every ticket and every arrest from this point on will be assessed $30 additional court costs," Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman said.

The $30 fine will help Kenova police buy some new equipment and pay for specialized officer training.

"It's a win-win situation because obviously the violators are going to be ones actually paying the costs here versus the people who normally are abiding by the law," Mossman said.

Police said they hope some of the new equipment will include a body camera they are testing out for officers.

"It will record audio and video as we're out there talking to suspects and making arrests," Mossman said.

The department also plans to buy equipment to fight the ongoing drug problem in parts of town.

Business owner Candy Gelinas said she supports the ticket fee as long as it's people "who are really breaking the law and not going one or two miles over the speed limit but actually enough for a ticket and they're the ones who have to pay for it."

Gelinas said the ticket fee will be beneficial if it brings in new revenue for needed equipment and the fee does not exceed $30.

James Spence has mixed feelings.

"People should be old enough to know better than to speed in the first place. If they get a ticket, they deserve everything they get," Spence said. "But I don't believe in tacking on more money to make things better that way."

Gelinas said she will continue to be cautious when it comes to her speed limit.

"They caught me once; they won't do it again," Gelinas said.

Mossman said the good news is, you can easily avoid the extra fine.

"Don't violate the law and you shouldn't have a problem," he said.

Mossman said the idea came from Dunbar police, who implemented a similar fee recently. He said Kenova council members approved the fee, which goes into effect April 1.



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