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With troopers at protests, drivers caught break


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Numbers show Wisconsin State Patrol troopers handed out fewer tickets to drivers while officers were monitoring rallies at the state Capitol.

An analysis by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows during the protests in Madison, troopers wrote about half as many tickets and warnings for speeding and other violations when compared with the same three-week period last year.

Records show troopers wrote 9,324 tickets and warnings in the three weeks starting Feb. 14, compared with 19,713 written during the same period in 2010.

State Patrol Maj. Darren Price says there were several reasons for the drop.  But he says a key reason was that 85 troopers were assigned to Capitol security each day.  In fact, during one shift, 187 troopers were working at the Capitol.

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