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CLEVELAND, Ohio — After dodging state troopers in Cuyahoga County and slowing down at all the red light and speeding cameras in Cleveland, people heading downtown now have to worry about getting traffic tickets from the Cuyahoga County deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office has doled out 2,135 tickets since April, when then-interim Sheriff Frank Bova reversed the office’s longstanding policy and green-lighted deputies to issue traffic tickets.

Former Sheriff Gerald McFaul discouraged deputies from enforcing traffic laws. He made the process cumbersome with paperwork and required supervisors to deliver tickets to the scene of an infraction, longtime deputies said.

The tickets are being written across the county, and the money from fines goes to the courts in which the citations are issued. About 500 of the 2,135 tickets were written in downtown.

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Article courtesy of: cleveland.com

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