Kansas Highway Patrol issues fewer tickets in July

HUTCHINSON | The Kansas Highway Patrol issued fewer tickets in July than it did in July 2008, the first time in three months the number had decreased.

But patrol officials say a new policy that reduces the time that officers are driving was not a factor in the drop in tickets.

In May and June, the highway patrol wrote more moving violation tickets than in the same two months in 2008 and 2007. In July of this year, the citation total fell 7.6 percent from July 200, and 3.7 percent from July 2007.

A new policy that reduces troopers's driving time by 10 percent began July 1. But patrol officials say that didn't contribute to the drop in tickets.

August statistics are not yet available.