Speed Trap Inventory

Today I finally got fed up with the pathetic speed traps that are being set up around downtown. On my way to work, I pass three: 1) On 8th Avenue North, near Farmer’s Market; 2) On 8th Avenue South, near Division Street and Frugal McDougal’s; 3) On the Church Street Bridge between 9th Avenue and the Interstate.

It’s the same gimmick: Old fat cop has the radar gun and flags drivers as they slow nearing the stop light; rookie cop writes ticket after ticket.

I once heard Serpas speak and he’s a big believer in using speed traps to catch people with outstanding warrants (he of course has stats to back this up). But, what gets me is that the speed limit is only 30 MPH in these three zones, making it easier to catch speeders, write tickets, and make money. I understand pulling over the guy who’s blazing down the Interstate, doing 95 in a 70. But pulling over the people on their way into town who floor it going 36 in a 30? Gimme a break.

At 8:30, all of the addicts and burglars and arsonists are NOT on their way into work at the BellSouth building or Capitol Hill (okay, maybe those wanted for fraud are). So how about putting your speed trap boys to work on a cold case or something and let us go back to the days of living life in the fast (36 mph) lane.

And now, if there are traps in your neck of the woods, list them in the comments so that all of us hardened criminals can keep living on borrowed time while warrants are out for our arrest.

3 Comments so far

  1. Chez Bez (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 12:57 am

    Me first. My old route to work took me past the same old speed trap almost every day of the week around 1:30 pm.

    Briley Northbound just before crossing over Murfreesboro Rd.

  2. CeeElCee (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 8:59 am

    2 in my work neighborhood:

    1. Elm Hill Pike headed toward the airport from Fessler’s Lane. Halfway up the hill on the right before the railroad tracks. They hide behind the Ebenezer Church of Christ and set up an assembly line of ticket-writers.

    2. Massman Drive just up the hill from Elm Hill. It’s impossible to go 30 down that hill without riding your brakes and they know it.

    I guess I’ll have Chief Serpas on my butt now.

  3. RisingSunofNihon (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    I don’t live in the area, so I can’t contribute to the list of speed traps. But I just wanted to say that I’m glad you’re taking the time to warn people about where the cops set up. You’re absolutely right about it being ridiculous to write tickets for someone doing 36mpg in a 30mph zone. That stuff really gets me angry, as it’s clearly intended just to raise funds and not serve the public at all.

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