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Speedtraps?

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A study of municipal budgets shows at least 18 Oklahoma communities get more than a quarter of their revenues from traffic fines.

The study from the Sunday Oklahoman shows Hardesty in the Panhandle gets $130,000-- or 73% of its income -- from writing tickets. Stringtown in southeastern Oklahoma makes 72 percent of its operating money -- or more than $345,000 -- from fines.

Stringtown Police Chief Ron Marley says he doesn't understand how people can call his town a speed trap. Marley says the limits are posted on huge signs and officers don't write tickets unless the motorists are driving more than ten miles per hour over the limit.

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