Traffic Tickets: Do You Know Where Your Money Goes?

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email

If you have received a traffic citation, then you've probably paid a hefty fine.
But where exactly does that money go?
An average speeding ticket in Houston County costs $164.
Only $8 or 5% goes to Houston County's General Fund.
The majority of the funds are split between 3 agencies: the State General Fund which receives 30%, the State District Attorney, and the Fair Trial Fund.
Sheriff Andy Hughes insists writing tickets for revenue is not the goal of law enforcement.
"We wish we could go out and not write tickets. We would have to write...God knows how many tickets to really make some money off of it,” says Sheriff Hughes.
Below is a breakdown of the distribution of court costs assessed upon an adjudication of guilty for a speeding ticket in the District Courts of Houston County, Alabama.

AGENCY AMOUNT

Fair Trial Tax Fund $ 21.00
State General Fund 49.00
Houston County General Fund 8.00
Peace Officer’s Annuity Fund 3.00
Driver’s Education Fund 8.50
Crime Victims Compensation Commission 2.00
Houston County Law Library 2.00
DNA Fund 12.00
Houston County District Attorney 11.50
Houston County Juvenile Fund 10.00
Houston County Circuit Clerk 1.00
Houston County General Fund – Jail 10.00
Advanced Technology Fund 5.00
Solicitor’s Fund 21.00

TOTAL $ 164.00

Additionally, 100% of fines if assessed are distributed to the General Fund.


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