Bad weather meant fewer traffic tickets in 2013, police chief says

Calgary's police chief says the number of traffic tickets handed out was down last year, likely because of poor winter weather and last summer's flood.

Rick Hanson says the lower number resulted in $3-million drop in revenue for police service

Fewer traffic tickets issued in 2013 than the previous year meant a $3-million drop in revenue for the Calgary Police Service, Chief Rick Hanson says. (CBC)

Calgary's police chief says the number of traffic tickets handed out was down last year, likely because of poor winter weather and last summer's flood.

The total number of traffic tickets issued by Calgary police in 2013 fell by 18 per cent compared to 2012.

Rick Hanson said the decrease was due to people driving less and more slowly because of the weather — not because drivers are behaving any better.

“I'd like to say yeah, but no, not really. The number one complaint, even with the shootings, with the gangs a few years ago, was still traffic safety.”

The drop in traffic tickets meant $3 million less in revenue compared to the previous year.