"Out of every S.C. traffic fine, 66.6 percent of the fee is forwarded monthly to the state's General Fund. Assessments are added almost every year, consequently, the traffic fees have to go up every year," says J. Lawrence Duffy, Municipal Judge, Sullivan's Island. "The average traffic fine is about $200. The Charleston and Berkeley magistrates and municipal judges estimate that out of those fines, these two counties send a million dollars a month to the General Fund," continued Duffy, "and there is no accounting of it."
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