Traffic fine revenue adds up to millions for B.C. communities

The poor driving habits of B.C. drivers is paying off for communities around the province.

The poor driving habits of B.C. drivers is paying off for communities around the province.

Eligible municipalities that pay police enforcement costs directly will share $51.1 million in traffic fine revenue as part of the B.C. government’s Strategic Community Investment Fund.

Nanaimo received $1,062,280 in traffic fine revenue, Lantzville $374,729 in a small community grant and the Regional District of Nanaimo $110,543 in a regional grant.

The fund includes $45.1 million in small community and regional district grants for local governments with populations under 20,000 to address infrastructure and service delivery priorities.

Grants are based on a formula that factors in base amount, population and assessment values.

Traffic fine revenue comes from ticket fines and court-imposed fines on violation tickets, and is based on contribution to total municipal policing costs.

The government has returned more than $454 million in traffic fine revenue back to B.C. communities since 2004.

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