Town in northern Arkansas lives up to its name, cashes in on traffic violators

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CASH, Ark. A small city in northeast Arkansas is cashing in on its fine revenue.

Budgets for the city of Cash show it collected an average of 45 percent of annual expenditures from fines, forfeitures and costs from 2014 to 2016.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that since last year the city has collected more than $152,000 in traffic and misdemeanor offense revenue with its police department issuing nearly 2,000 citations.

Mayor Michael Cureton says the city is trying to keep motorists and the public safe.

But according to the Arkansas Speed Trap Law, a city can only receive up to 30 percent of total expenditures from fines and fees.

Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington says the reviewed citation numbers a couple years ago, but is willing to take another look.