Speed Traps

I’m sick and tired of all the speed traps in Nashville! This morning on the way to work, Nashville’s finest were at it again on 440 East for the second day in a row. For those of you who may commute this way and haven’t seen them, the motorcycle cops sit underneath the trees on the right side of 440 East just before the bridge over 65. They usually have one officer manning the laser gun and two writing tickets. In the afternoons they also like to sit in the drainage ditches on the right shoulder of 440 West between 65 and 21st Ave.

I know that speeding is dangerous and I understand why police officers write tickets. But the speeding enforcement in this city is out of control. We constantly hear about how Nashville’s gang population is rising, I see more and more graffiti on walls around the city, and there have recently been two shootings downtown in the heart of “The District.” How about more cops out busting gang members, graffiti writers and gun-toting, would-be murderers?

If I get another speeding ticket for going 6 MPH over the limit on West End Ave (yes, that’s 36 MPH), I’m gonna move. I’m sick of this crap. We’ve had a number of break ins in my neighborhood recently. Yet I’ve never seen a cop driving my street or showing a presence in my neighborhood in any way. Oh yeah, except for running a speed trap four blocks from my house on West End.

Ridiculous.

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris Wage (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    I think Serpas has taken the angle that traffic stops are an effective deterrent to crime by catching other offenses via regular traffic stops and moving violations and stuff. I think it’s not the best strategy.. S-town mike over at enclave I think is a proponent of it..


  2. Andrew (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    Agreed that it can catch a lot of criminals with outstanding warrants. No argument there.

    But if that’s the real aim of the program, don’t write me a ticket for going six over! How about a warning for any speeding offense that normally wouldn’t warrant a stop?



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