Traffic fines plunge after DeKalb court overhaul

The cost of speeding tickets and other traffic violations has gone down in DeKalb since the county's Recorders Court was abolished.

State lawmakers eliminated Recorders Court amid allegations that it was being used as a fundraising vehicle for the government that threatened defendants with jail time.

It was replaced with the new Traffic Division of State Court, which reduced ticket fines and eliminated some fees.

As a result, drivers are paying roughly $7 million less each year for traffic tickets.