The number of traffic tickets being issued in Cape Girardeau is declining, while the tickets being written in Jackson have been going in the opposite direction over the last several years. Both cities write roughly the same number of tickets on a per-capita basis, however. Cape Girardeau has decreased its total number of citations from 7,001 in 2012 to 4,055 in 2015, a 42 percent decrease. Cape Girardeau had one year with an increase over that time span. In neighboring Jackson, the number of tickets the police department there has written has increased steadily, particularly in the last two years. In 2011, Jackson issued 1,075, compared to 1,491 in 2014, a 38 percent increase over that period. Jackson had one year with a decrease over that time period.