Revenue up despite drop in traffic citations amid Frein hunt

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 9, 2015 6:55 AM

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(Allentown) -- State revenue from traffic tickets rose by nearly 10 percent last year despite a double-digit drop in the number of citations issued by Pennsylvania State Police during the massive manhunt for trooper ambush suspect Eric Frein.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports revenue from tickets issued by state police rose $6.5 million in 2014 because of a huge increase in the fine for one of the most common violations, failure to obey a traffic control device.

The fine jumped from $25 to $150.

As many as 1,000 officers took part in the 48-day manhunt for Frein, who's charged in the barracks ambush that killed one trooper and injured another.

The number of traffic tickets issued by state police dropped 22 percent in September and 11 percent in October.

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