Fewer police officers = less traffic ticket money in West Richland

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- West Richland has been collecting a lot less money from traffic tickets.

The city is expecting to make $153,000 from traffic infractions.

That's off 20% in recent years.

West Richland says it's been down three-officers for more than a year.

Those jobs will finally be filled next week and enforcement can ramp up again.

Money from traffic citations only accounts for three percent of West Richland's budget, so the general fund won't be affected.