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Ohio village turns to new traffic fine system

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BRICE, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio village that lost a major part of its revenue stream when the state abolished mayor's courts for some small villages has a new system for collecting money from traffic fines.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the village of Brice in Franklin County has installed a "civil-violations system," in which fines are meant to be paid directly to the village. The newspaper reports that police in the village of 114 residents have written more than 1,000 traffic citations, some for as much as $1,500 under the new system.

The newspaper reports that some drivers and others are questioning the system adopted a few months after state lawmakers stripped mayor's courts from Brice and six other Ohio villages that were almost solely supported by traffic tickets.

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