Police Banned From Enforcing Traffic Laws in Oklahoma Town

| by Michael Allen

Stringtown, Okla. has a population of 410, but the local police department raked in $483,646 in traffic ticket money in 2013.

The Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) caught wind of this and recently banned Stringtown's police department from enforcing traffic laws on state and federal highways that run through the tiny town, notes

According to an investigation by the Oklahoma State Attorney General's office, Stringtown made way too much money via traffic ticketing.

In Oklahoma, it is illegal for towns to make more than half their money with traffic fines.

In 2013, 76 percent of Stringtown's income was from traffic tickets, In 2012, traffic fines were 73 percent of all the income.

However, this is not the first time Stringtown police have been stripped of their authority to write traffic tickets.

Back in the mid-2000s, the cops were banned from writing tickets on U.S. 69, which caused the police department to to shut down.

Stringtown was also investigated in the 1990s and 1980s for the same problem.

"They have no other means for revenue," Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Jeff Sewell told News 12. "They had a store there, the store shut down. They had an eating place, it shut down. So they really don't have a place. Nobody puts any businesses up there."

Ironically, the town's store closed down after being robbed multiple times, but local police failed to protect it.

Sources: and News 12