Almost three-quarters of the cases that went through Mount Pleasant's municipal court in 2009 involve driving-related offenses, with officers handing out more than 500 tickets for speeding less than 10 mph over the speed limit, a look at the town's records shows.

In 2009, Mount Pleasant's municipal court handled 15,956 cases, records show. Of those cases, 5,582 were for speeding.

In addition to speeding, the court handled 297 driving under the influence cases, records show, and 1,594 careless driving tickets.

Mount Pleasant's municipal court is much less busy than North Charleston's, which handles an average of 44,000 cases a year.

Mount Pleasant and North Charleston recently supplied electronic data on municipal court cases to Watchdog in response to requests under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.

Unlike Beaufort, Conway and an increasing number of towns and cities in South Carolina, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Charleston don't have searchable online databases for their municipal courts, making it difficult for people to do background checks and track court trends, a Post and Courier Watchdog investigation earlier this year showed.

The court handled 15,956 cases last year, of which 5,582 were for speeding. The court handled 297 driving under the influence cases and 1,594 careless driving tickets. The Post and Courier regrets the error.

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