Dublin traffic tickets lead state in number

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- This Columbus suburb has the state's busiest mayor's court, handling 2,706 traffic cases during the first quarter of 2004, according to an Ohio Supreme Court database.
Middleburg Heights, a Cleveland suburb, was next with 1,873 cases in the first quarter. Reading in Hamilton County was third with 1,053.
Although it's about 5 percent the size of Columbus, Dublin issued about 14 percent as many citations. But officials deny the community is a speed trap.
"If we were a speed trap, we'd post a couple of 25 mph signs behind trees and then go and hide," Police Chief Mike Epperson said.
"This is not an issue of 'Let's just see how many thousands of tickets we can issue.' We're doing it for a particular outcome: a safer community with less accidents and safer speeds."
The Cleveland suburb of Linndale is the per-capita ticket capital of Ohio, with police issuing 11 tickets per resident from January through March.

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