HOSCHTON — The cost of committing a traffic-related offense in Hoschton could soon get a little more expensive.
Hoschton City Council has discussed an ordinance that would add a "technology surcharge" to traffic tickets issued by the Hoschton Police Department.
The council plans to vote on the ordinance at its Sept. 14 meeting.
If approved, people who receive a traffic ticket in Hoschton will have to pay their fines plus an additional $20 that would help the police department and municipal court buy technological equipment.
Certain traffic violations, including seat belt and child-restraint violations, cannot have the surcharge applied to them.
Cameras, computers, software, in-car laptops and technology upgrades are among items that could be purchased with the extra revenue.
"This gives us a way (to get equipment) by letting the offenders pay for the technology advancements," said councilman Richard Shepherd, public safety committee chairman.
Police Chief Jeremy Howell said if the department’s monthly ticket average remains consistent, the surcharge could add about $12,240 annually.
Right now, the department issues about 51 traffic tickets a month, he said.
Other area departments, including Commerce and Jackson County, have implemented a ticket surcharge, Shepherd said.