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(CNN)   The most notorious speed trap in the entire country finally shut down. Fark: After the mayor is caught selling oxy   (cnn.com) divider line 18
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2014-03-09 01:47:42 PM
3 votes:

Por que tan serioso: Fabric_Man: meow said the dog: 

Seriously. Everyone thinks they are the good Pocket Ninja. I want to read one or two concise thoughts.


Fabric_Man: meow said the dog:  

Stroke-like typing detected.


Lurk moar you two.
2014-03-09 02:44:56 PM
2 votes:

armor helix: Who puts up those billboard signs that say "speed trap?" It seems like that would irritate the police and the city because they make so much money off of it.

Don't these billboards need to be approved by the city? Why would the city approve them?


The billboards are outside the town limits.  For a while they were financed by AAA.
2014-03-09 12:21:45 PM
2 votes:

Dr Jack Badofsky: DoctorWhat: I thought the state of Ohio was the most notorious speed trap in the country.

I assume you're referencing Linndale, which was taken care of years ago.  There was an article in Car And Driver about it.  Turns out the Linndale council was skimming big time off of fines and was removed from office.


I thought of New Rome, OH Town of 60 people and 14 police officers. Looks like they got shut down in 2004.
2014-03-09 11:14:14 AM
2 votes:
Another example that the more cops you have the more crime you have.

Same as any town in america.
2014-03-09 11:00:09 AM
2 votes:
Off 301 - I shoulda knowed.

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301 is notorious for speed traps.
2014-03-09 10:58:29 AM
2 votes:
Yes listen I can do the seeing of this after the unfortunate deathing of William G. Maysy who was the person doing the pitching of oxy but I also do not think we can have fault of the mayor. Yes it is the scamming of the people who have the speeding to also require these individuals to do the purchasing of the overpriced laundry product which does not have the working as the commercials do the saying of but we also must consider that when William G. Maysy had passing he was the person who was using the drugs and at least the mayor of this town is not the one who is having drug use and merely wishes for selling the oxy product.

Now perhaps I have done the misreading of this and instead many of those who are stopped in the town are the individuals who are of the age 15 or 16 or 17 or if you are the person on the Fark.com website possibly 30 or 40 who do the living with the parents and have the face with the acme product and so this is the oxy product of that variety. If this is the case then we should provide by the DM the Benefit Giving of the Doubtfulness +1 because at least it is not the pill which causes the psychiatric disorders with the ease of the acme product.

I know what is to be said by you and that is MEOW WHAT ABOUT THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE THE CHILDNESS AND MIGHT HAVE THE HITTING BY THE CAR? Well to you I say stop doing the off jacking of the thread because this is not about the children except perhaps those with the stains.

You are welcome.
2014-03-09 09:52:25 PM
1 votes:

dustman81: That would have been New Rome. Linndale is still around, but the state legislature nurtured their mayor's court, by requiring a municipality to have 200 residents to have a mayor's court.


The word you were looking for was neutered, as in cut its balls off.
2014-03-09 06:26:13 PM
1 votes:

AloysiusSnuffleupagus: The Larch:
They had 20 cops on the books and never made more than $253,000 / year in tickets.  Between the equipment and payroll, their setup probably cost a lot more money than it made.  I'm sure there was plenty of the standard small-town cronyism deciding who got the jobs and contracts, but I'm pretty sure nobody got rich from this.  The slush fund was enough money to keep a few lucky people flush with lottery tickets and cigarettes.

Which works out to $26.59 per citation according to the 2011 figures of $253k and 9515 tickets as quoted in the article.  Something doesn't quite add up here with these numbers- I suspect someone forgot a 0 in the revenue figure, how else to explain 20 cops on payroll and all the new equipment supposedly purchased with ticket revenue?


The reason for the discrepancy is that the local judges routinely threw out any ticket from Hampton that came before them since in their view the strip of land that Hampton annexed was insufficiently large to allow for enforcement, Florida law requires the officer to measure the speed and initiate the traffic stop inside their jurisdiction, since the speed limit drops from 65 to 55 at the "border" of Hampton, the strip of city annexed property on US 301 was so small and the officer couldn't legally measure the speed of the approaching vehicle until it crossed the border of Hampton by the time the officer could aim and get a reading on his radar gun the suspect vehicle would have exited the other side of the city leaving the officer with no time to initiate the stop before he was out of his jurisdiction so the judges would automatically toss any ticket that came before them, so only those who didn't contest the ticket and mailed it in ended up paying, thus the disparity in the number of tickets written and the amount of income received. It was so bad that Hampton officers just stopped showing up at court when they were notified to appear for a traffic hearing since they knew it was going to be thrown out anyway they didn't bother to waste their time showing up at court and started targeting vehicles with out of state tags since they were unlikely to return for a hearing.
2014-03-09 02:56:46 PM
1 votes:
What I am curious about is where is the money going.  Usually in a set up like this, you can see the people with the fancy houses, new cars, observable wealth.  But according to this, it doesn't seem like the money is showing up.

Or are the rules such that you don't have to live in town to work there and if you check out the fancy development five miles over you see all the cops etc with their big houses?
2014-03-09 02:19:10 PM
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2014-03-09 01:54:13 PM
1 votes:

Pick: I live about 30 miles from that area. Waldo is NOT a speed trap. There is PLENTY of warning ahead of time and distance for the speed zones. You have to be a complete idiot to get a ticket there. But, there are plenty of those around. Like the guy they caught going 105 MPH through the stop light. Oh, and don't drive through there in one of those Ford Crown Vic police cars you bought at a city auction. You WILL be stopped.

I have been between Waldo and Starke many times and never knew Hampton had a Police Dept.


I live in Ocala and Waldo is a speed trap. They have speed zones that drop from 65 to 45 to 35 in a matter of blocks.
2014-03-09 12:59:40 PM
1 votes:
This town is so corrupt they can't even frame the mayor properly.

One tab of oxycodone?  Please.  Give me a break.
2014-03-09 12:51:40 PM
1 votes:
So the corrupt state government is investigating the corrupt city government? Are they going to punish their corruption, or just grade it?
2014-03-09 11:37:20 AM
1 votes:
Waldo, FL?

/Hampton has nothing on Waldo...
2014-03-09 11:10:56 AM
1 votes:
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Could have been dealing in hydro instead
2014-03-09 11:07:57 AM
1 votes:
 Hampton?
Clearly they've never driven through Lawtey.
2014-03-09 09:42:58 AM
1 votes:
Not to nit-pick but wouldn't  that technically make it a notorious downer trap?
2014-03-09 08:19:40 AM
1 votes:
this place sounds like an excellent setting for a reality show.  even the city clerk is the lady with 30 cats.
 
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