“Cash-register justice” in a Florida town

by Walter Olson on March 10, 2014

Speed traps paved the way to corruption in tiny Hampton, Fla., critics say [CNN] More: Lowering the Bar.

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1 John Burgess 03.10.14 at 8:52 am

The entire 50+ mile strip of US 301 between Hawthorne and Baldwin, FL is a notorious speed trap encompassing several cities. It’s so notorious that AAA points it out — the only speed traps for which it does so.

The trick is the yo-yoing of speed limits. They’ll go from 55 to 20 to 45 to 30 over the length of a mile. Sudden speed reductions around a blind curve leave drivers with little opportunity to slow down in time to avoid the conveniently placed police car.

Traffic fines in FL are established by the county. A $300 fine for <10mph over the limit is the going rate in Bradford Co. Not too surprisingly, there's a plethora of traffic attorneys in the county who can 'help'.
The only real city on this stretch is Starke, home of a FL state prison.

2 John Johns 03.10.14 at 11:03 am

There is a rule that if something you know to be categorically wrong appears in a news story, you might tend to discount the rest of the story. Be that as it may, the idea of pumping water for town residents from the Suwannee river is, most charitably, a reporter linking to a well know river when it should be the Santa Fe river. The closest point to the Suwannee River is around 40 miles at High Springs, Florida.

3 gitarcarver 03.10.14 at 2:54 pm

Be that as it may, the idea of pumping water for town residents from the Suwannee river is, most charitably, a reporter linking to a well know river when it should be the Santa Fe river.

Actually, the fault is not the river where the water came from. The Auditor General’s report states the the city cannot account for 46% of the water from the Suwannee River Water Management District.

The article is inaccurate for the omission of the rest of the district name, not the river or water source.

4 rxc 03.10.14 at 3:26 pm

Wasn’t there a town in Ohio, near Cincinnati that operated this way? I believe that it eventually lost its charter, as a result of too many tickets and too bad a reputation. 10-15 years ago, if I remember.

5 Walter Olson 03.10.14 at 6:13 pm

See post here.

6 Dwight Brown 03.11.14 at 7:54 am

rxc:

I believe you are thinking of New Rome, Ohio.

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