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Minor Violations Benefit Fulton and Residents

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FULTON, IL – The city of Fulton, Illinois is implementing a new ordinance that will help generate money for the city.

In a gist, money from low-level violation tickets will go directly to the city and not to the state.

Fulton Police Lieutenant Donnie Pridemore says this is an ordinance that many municipalities are switching to. The monies collected from fines will stay within the community.

Lt. Pridemore says, “It’s less burden on the court systems. It’s actually a benefit to those who are charged with these violations because it is a civil matter and does not show up on criminal records or driving records.

This applies to non-repeat offenders. Misdemeanors  “B” or “C”, which are lower-level violations, are included. 

Minor traffic misdemeanors, including seatbelt and light violations, or low-level speeding are included. Also, minor criminal violations, like disorderly conduct or possession of a small amount of cannabis, can also be issued a city ticket. Fines will be issued based on the officer’s discretion.

Misdemeanor “A” is a higher violation, and will still be classified as a state citation – for example, driving under the influence or driving with a suspended license.

Lt. Pridemore says this will benefit both the residents and the city. He says Fulton should see a reduction in time spent on citations as misdemeanor arrests. Instead, they will be able to “provide the same amount or a better level of service while still maintaining the level of arrests and citations.”

Many neighbors told KWQC that they in support of this ordinance.

Wendy Ottens is a Fulton business owner. She hopes this will bring new funds and new improvements to the city. She says, “For law enforcement, any of those things we need […] this way we can keep in our city. I think it’s a great thing.”

Lt. Pridemore says this is a great way to raise money for local law enforcement to put more police presence on the steets, and keep the community of Fulton safe. “This is simply a redirection of the fines that would normally be paid to the state would instead go to the city.”

Pridemore says while preliminary, this could bring in about $13,000 annually to the city of Fulton.

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