Getting a ticket for speeding, running a red light or any other kind of traffic violation in Jonesborough will likely soon cost you more money.
"The legislature passed this last session some enabling legislation that allows local communities that have an electronic citation system to charge a five dollar electronic citation fee as a part of the cost of that ticket," Town Administrator Bob Browning said.
The extra five-dollar fee will help pay for the electronic citation system software. The Jonesborough Police Department pays around $5,000 a year to use it. "It's expensive, but it's well worth it," Jonesborough Police Department Major Natalie Hilton said. "It makes us more efficient. Before we went into using the electronic citations, the average time to write a traffic citation was about fifteen minutes. Once we went to the electronic software, that dropped to now our average is five to seven minutes for a traffic citation and that allows us to better utilize our officers."
Hilton tells those officers can now concentrate more on safety instead of paperwork.
Browning says the five-dollar fee is a legitimate charge. "It's certainly helpful to have the people who are violating the law to help cover the cost of our enforcement," he said.
They're driving the fee back on those motorists instead of taxpayers. "So it's not the taxpayers now that are having to pay for the software using budget money," Hilton said. "It's simple -- if you don't break the law, you don't have to pay the five dollars."
The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted and approved the measure on Monday night.
It has to pass one more reading before it is implemented