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TRAFFIC TICKETS NEARLY DOUBLE IN W. SENECA

West Seneca police issued nearly twice as many traffic tickets in 1994 than in 1993, as the department moved to beef up traffic enforcement.

The number of tickets increased by 94 percent, from 2,233 to 4,338, and the number of arrests for driving while intoxicated went up 43 percent, from 150 to 215.

"We're going for stricter traffic enforcement," Police Chief John J. Miskovski said. The increase in drunken-driving arrests also reflects more training of patrol officers, he said.

There was a sharp decline in burglaries, from 185 in 1993 to 117 in 1994, the first decline in several years.

Miskovski said he isn't sure if the decline is the result of better policing, good luck or a combination of both.

Robberies increased slightly, from 14 to 18, with more all-night businesses in operation, while there was little change in the number of other major crime categories. There were no homicides in either 1993 or '94.

On Oct. 1, Detective Gary Pauly was assigned as the department's first officer to work full time on domestic-relations and domestic-violence cases, and he handled 133 cases during the last three months of 1994. All but 24 were closed by year's end.

Miskovski said the assignment was to cover an increasing number of cases because domestic offenses once kept quiet are now being reported to police.

The total number of calls to police increased by 8.6 percent to 16,829 during 1994, a continuation of the trend in recent years. Fire and emergency medical and rescue calls were up 6.5 percent to 2,512, but the number of false alarms dropped.

The number of parking tickets dropped by 25 percent to 2,580, reflecting easing of parking rules on a number of streets, Miskovski said.

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