Tickets issued to drivers: winter vs. summer

News 10 discovered some differences when it comes to traffic violations in the winter versus summer.

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 7:55 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - News 10 discovered some differences when it comes to traffic violations in the winter versus summer.

News 10 gathered all the traffic violations for the first week in January of 2018. Then, we asked for the same charges, six months prior to that in June.

According to the Terre Haute City Clerk’s Office, 108 people were charged with a traffic violation during the week we tested in June.

This could be anything from speeding to not wearing a seatbelt.

But the numbers in January are much lower. Only 70 drivers were charged with breaking the law.

The City Clerk says overall, there were 90 cases in June and 65 cases in January.

We hit the streets to see why people think there's such a difference.

One local driver says people use common sense when it comes to winter weather.
“I think people are driving a little slower, and the weather, and slick conditions. Everyone has got to be careful,” said James Stiber.

We also reached out to Terre Haute Police Department to find out why there's nearly double the number of traffic violations in the summer, compared to the winter.

They say it's difficult to pinpoint one direct cause. However, they do notice more people are out in the summer. Therefore, more drivers could be breaking the law.

Police also say events that draw large crowds typically happen in the summer. Anything from Scheid Diesel Extravaganza to the Blues Festival. Therefore, a heavier police presence is needed.

Police say this leads to more cases they have to deal with.

THPD says there is no quota officers must meet. They say they pull over people based on their actions not because of a set requirement.

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