Georgia: Cities refute ‘speed trap’ report data

 As local drivers took to the roads this week for the official beginning to the holiday season, they had to watch their speedometer closely as they headed to grandmother’s house.

 Two cities in Habersham County and three in Rabun County were listed in a report by Fox 5 Atlanta of Georgia cities that have an unusual amount of their municipal operating budget coming from traffic fines.

 Topping the list locally was Tallulah Falls, which the report claimed got 41.4% of its operating budget from fines.

 Tallulah Falls Police data shows that the numbers reported under Senate Bill 134 – which makes it easier to win in court if given a ticket by law-enforcement agency that gets more than 40% of its revenue from traffic citations – are a little lower.