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Okla. Speed Trap Town Loses Traffic Enforcement Rights

January 27, 2014  | 

Oklahoma state law enforcement officials have stripped the Stringtown police department of the authority to write traffic tickets along U.S. 69, the Tulsa World reports.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced recently that Stringtown's police department no longer would be allowed to enforce traffic laws on state and federal highways that run through the town.

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mountedcop @ 1/27/2014 5:03 PM

The article would be a whole lot more interesting if you had included the "WHY?"

bob retired leo @ 1/27/2014 5:41 PM

Sounds like Lawety, FL., speed trap. A minute town with a few cops on US 301 and the most recent and best equipment you will find on earth. If you are 1 mile an hour over the limit theres a ticket, they do it all day long. I am a retired cop and even I avoid it, no professional courtesy there.

gp cobb @ 1/27/2014 8:06 PM

Sounds like common sense converged finally. Good going, stop the 1 MPH speed traps...

TheRookie @ 1/28/2014 1:09 AM

bob I know what you mean. Alma, CO was the same way at one time. The Town Council finally had to put a stop to it. Fairplay, Co was once that bad, also. At the time they had zero professional courtesy, too. Then they wondered what happened when they were admonished, and put out to pasture. Hello!!!

fedtrnr @ 1/28/2014 3:13 AM

It's about time. I got stopped in VA once and was told, "Boy, you was going 56 in a 55 zone, we don't do that around here." I spent 8 years working traffic and would never have considered writing 1 over, but I don't have to make my salary for the town either.

fedformerlocal @ 1/28/2014 7:24 AM

Lawtey is bad but per florida statues you can't give someone a ticket for one mile an hour over. Having worked with (while working with another agency) Waldo, FL PD I know that they get a bad rap. Most of the tickets they are giving are for 20 over. No excuse.

no name @ 1/28/2014 8:00 AM

if they would truly check on the speed that each ticket was when they were stopped they might think differently. All of the fact or not being put in the papers or on TV, so do so checking before you make up your mind about the police being so bad.

Really? @ 1/28/2014 10:21 AM

I was of the understanding that according to Federal Law, you are allowed 5 mph over the speed limit leeway, except for school zones, etc. Does anyone know? I would like to correct this in my mind if it isnt true.

NO NAME @ 1/29/2014 12:06 PM


Ima Leprechaun @ 1/30/2014 4:34 AM

Several small towns in Ohio ended badly this same way. They were strictly speed traps with minute stretches of roadway where only in their town the speed limit was drastically slower than the state set limit for that roadway. The town made their entire budget this way. New Rome was once one of those villages (near Columbus, Ohio on US RT 40). I am glad to see these towns getting caught and being shut down for their operations. There is no leeway for speed limits but the speedometer can be up to 5 mph off from the factory and the radar is tolerant for plus or minus one mph. Most honest cities allow at least ten to fifteen over before they even consider stopping you. In my town we wrote at 15 mph over and we got plenty of tickets but it's all up to each individual agency as to what they will allow. States like Florida all the ticket monies go to the state and the city gets to keep ten dollars for their general fund so there is really not much gain for small towns in Florida but the funds do help to upkeep all the state roads so the tickets are very expensive!

no name @ 1/31/2014 7:44 AM

I have gotten 2 tickets there. The officers weren't courteous at all. The speed limit is 60 MPH. I was speeding. Period. Was it my fault? Absolutely. I travel through that town every two weeks for a long time and have never been through there when there wasn't someone pulled over. Both of my tickets were for 79 in a 60 MPH zone. They were well deserved. I can't speak to the 1 or 2 over tickets. All I can say is the officers were rude and if you don't want a ticket don't speed. Speed LIMIT is just that. A LIMIT. Just my $.02

BG @ 2/2/2014 4:22 PM

For those wondering "why", per the original article, the town exceeded Oklahoma state regulations forbidding town's generating more than 50% of revenue from traffic infractions.

I imagine the department will now be forced to reduce its workforce. That, or effectively shut down.

BG @ 2/2/2014 4:23 PM

" the town exceeded Oklahoma state regulations forbidding towns from generating more than 50% of revenue from traffic infractions"

Edited for bad grammar.

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