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Golden Valley Ranks 18th in Speeding Tickets Per Capita

Officers wrote 1,163 tickets, according to a WCCO-TV report.

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  • Green pins: 0 to 500 tickets
  • Yellow pins: 500 to 1,500 tickets
  • Red pins: 1,500 or more tickets

Police departments that cover multiple cities have a pin in each of the cities they cover. Sheriff’s offices, state patrol, park police, University of Minnesota police and airport police are not shown.

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In 2011, Golden Valley police wrote the 18th-highest number of speeding tickets per capita among agencies in the Twin Cities metro area, according to a report on WCCO-TV.

The city’s 30 officers wrote 1,163 tickets for excessive speed—a rate of .06 tickets for every person in Golden Valley. The top three locations in the city of 20,655 residents were:

  • Interstate 394 and Xenia (53 tickets) 
  • Highway 100 and Duluth Street (17 tickets) 
  • Interstate 394 and Louisiana (14 tickets)

Nearby police departments posted mixed results. Robbinsdale wrote the fifth-highest number of speeding tickets per capita, and Minnetonka ranked 12th. But New Hope was 27th, Crystal was 34th and St. Louis Park was 67th.

According to the WCCO-TV report, speeding tickets aren't a money-maker for local police departments, even in No. 1-ranked Edina: 

Go over the posted speed and it’s up to each department to decide what to do. There are no state standards and police departments don’t set quotas. That’s illegal in Minnesota. When departments do issue tickets, those cities don’t make much money, only about $10 to $20. Most of the money goes to the state and county.

“It’s a loser money-wise. If I could get rid of it I would but I can’t,” Edina Police Chief Jeff Long said.

See the full WCCO-TV report at minnesota.cbslocal.com. There you can also download the full database. 

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