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Updated: 5/07 11:18 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Nobody wants to get a speeding ticket, but drivers' fines help fund many of Nevada's most innovative court programs, saving taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

But fewer police are writing fewer citations, which is shrinking the courts' budgets.

In the long run this could end up costing local taxpayers more. 

District Judge Linda bell sees 1,000 people circulating through specialty courts in a time with minimal staff.

Doing it all with less, the Supreme Court, which divvies up the money, said specialty courts across the state have seen a 5 percent budget cut over the last two years.

These specialty courts save $3,000 to $13,000 per participant according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

This translates to $3 million to $13 million spent for Judge Bell's courts.

Metro's citations make up a huge portion of revenue that fund local courts.

Why is the reduction happening? Are education programs working? Or are there fewer officers on the streets?

Whatever the case, the courts end up paying the price.



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