Thursday, October 24, 2013

Distracted Driving in Helena: Tickets Issued Since January 2011

Following this article about Missoula's enforcement of their distracted driving ordinance (cell phone bans), I have been asked about Helena's enforcement of the ordinance we passed in December of 2011. Here are the numbers as of yesterday, October 23, 2013, courtesy of Helena's Assistant Police Chief via Commissioner Ellison:

January 1, 2012 - present
981 citations = Fines of $45,874

January 1, 2013 - present
610 citations = Fines of $31,420

 It is my understanding that there were a couple hundred warning issued when the law first went into effect that are not reflected in total above. 

- Matt E

Matt Elsaesser, Commissioner
City of Helena, Montana, USA

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