The NC State Highway Patrol reports fewer people are on the road since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. That means fewer tickets being handed out, which hurts North Carolina’s bottom line.

In 2020, state troopers issued 60,000 fewer tickets, or a 20 percent decrease than in years past, CBS17 reports.

The anticipated millions in fees and fines would go back into the community where the driver broke the law.

The difference is in North Carolina’s Judicial Branch annual reports. It shows a more than $70 million decrease in last year’s fiscal year compared to 2018-19. Court clerks distributed $629 million dollars in 2019-20 and $702.9 million in 2018-19. These funds were distributed to the state general fund and local governments.

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