Springdale police stop cash-for-tickets practice

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah state auditors have told police in the gateway town outside Zion National Park to stop taking cash fines from foreign tourists stopped for traffic violations.
PAUL FOY
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah state auditors have told police in the gateway town outside Zion National Park to stop taking cash fines from foreign tourists stopped for traffic violations.

An auditors' report Monday says some of the citations issued by Springdale police are missing from police and court records.

State auditor Auston G. Johnson tells The Associated Press he can't prove that Springdale police pocketed any traffic fines and doesn't know how much money is missing but will file his report to Washington County attorneys for possible prosecution.

Springdale Police Chief Kurt Wright says he ordered his officers to stop the practice. Wright says he believed police had authority to collect on-the-spot fines that can be difficult to collect from tourists after they return to their homelands.

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