"Ticket Tracker": NewsChannel 9 Special Report

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) -  Those red and blue flashing lights in your rear-view mirror can certainly get your heart racing. KTSM wanted to know more about El Paso Police's top citations.

We went through more than 8,000 pages of police citation records to see the most common tickets. 

Almost all of us hit the road every day to get to work, school, the store just about anywhere and sometimes in dangerous conditions.

"We've all been that driver that's witnessed speeders," EPPD Sgt. Kiki Carrillo said.
A NewsChannel 9 open records request of every ticket in the last year and a half turned up thousands of citations and probably no surprise, police issued more than 36,000 speeding tickets. 

"That's one of the most frequently cited offenses," Sgt. Carrillo said.
In fact the number one offense according to the data we've compiled. Sgt Carrillo with the El Paso Police Department says it's an issue they're constantly trying to prevent through heavy patrols.
We poured over the documents and found the second highest citation is for failure to keep updated insurance with more than 50,000 tickets issued during our timeframe.
We can see that driving around without an updated license ranks high as well, number three with nearly 48,000 tickets issued.
The next thing we tracked was the effect of the state's new anti-texting law, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Last year there were 39 citations for that. This isn't an apples-to-apples comparison because our time frame is much longer but we can see EPPD's focus on texting and driving meant tickets for nearly 25,000 drivers.  
"It's something that's done to try and prevent accidents and loss of life," Sgt. Carrillo said.
We also wanted to track the time of day you're most likely to get a ticket and that would be right around 8 a-m.  
EPPD's citation focus for February is speeding, so far this year nine people have died in traffic collisions. Three because police say speed played a factor.
"For the families that are left behind any number is too many, each one represents a number of family members that are left behind to suffer that loss," Sgt Carrillo said.
And while no one wants to get a ticket, El Pasoans we spoke with are good with others getting them if it makes the streets safer.
"I think if people would take their time that wouldn't have happened there would be less fatal car accidents," Unique Rojas said.
"People slow down now they see a cop they slow down," Santos Colon said. 

You can check the data out for yourself here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15GUw63KxNyfUA-wBlkJ0ULf-YTaOaCCN


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