The Charleston Post and Courier reports Thompson and the town's other police officer, Jerry Haynie, generate about a quarter of the community's annual budget, handing out about 65 traffic tickets a month along U.S. 52, averaging $232 per ticket.
"I like small-town policing. I've always watched 'The Andy Griffith Show,' I like Mayberry," Thompson told the newspaper. "I don't have to be in a big department."
For those too young to remember, "The Andy Griffith Show" was a 1960s television comedy classic, portraying a small North Carolina town where nearly everyone drove slowly.
"We are definitely out there (patrolling) every day," Thompson said.
"Usually I charge them with failure to obey traffic laws, which is, I hate to say this, an advantage to the person that I pulled. This way they don't lose any points, their insurance won't go up and the fine is set by the state at $232. I have no control over that part."
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