Dunbar Enacts New Court Cost

DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new court cost is being enacted in the city of Dunbar for traffic violators. City council voted seven-to-one to go through with the measure in Monday night's meeting.

If you get a ticket in Dunbar, there's now three separate fees you'll have to pay. You'll pay the citation fee, an $80 court cost, and now, an additional $50 fee.

The new fee goes directly to the Dunbar Police Department. City Council members say out of the initial $80 court cost, only $20 of it stays local. The reminder is divided between state and county costs, including funding for the regional jail.

A new escrow fund will supplement the police department with $50 per traffic violation. It doesn't include parking violations. It's money Dunbar Police Chief E.E. Whittington says is needed.

"The cost of everything is increasing, and police equipment is very expensive," Whittington said. The training police officers now require, we're having to pay for, and it's usually very costly."

Here's a breakdown of court costs for other local cities:

  • South Charleston: $85

  • Saint Albans: $78

  • Nitro: $25

  • Charleston: $57, that includes a five dollar fee for police training.

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