re: speeding ticket question
31 may 2003
vijay kumar wrote:
>go to the court and explain to the judge what happened--throw yourself at
>the mercy of the court...
ohio town's key industry: traffic tickets
by david lam, los angeles times
...located along u.s. routh 40 on the western outskirts of cloumbus,
new rome is three blocks wide and 1,000 feet long. it has 60 residents
and a police force of 14. operating out of a trailer a block off the
highway, the officers scurry around like mad 18 hours a day, writing
so many citations that traffic fines cover 90 percent of new rome's
$424,000 annual budget.
in february, the department issued 184 citations and made 40 arrests.
patrol officers bag motorists for going 2 mph over the limit. they
scrutinize vehicles for defective lights. they expect motorists to
count to three after braking at a stop sign...
jeff nourse, a trustee of surrounding prairie township, said: "we're
never going to be able to develop this area as long as people are
terrified to drive this stretch of highway. one realtor owns 14
apartments here, and eight are empty. people won't move in. you might
as well tell them there's a nice unit available in a leper colony."
run for years by a village council whose members were related by blood,
marriage or business interests, new rome institutionalized its speed trap
in 1970 and immediately saw village coffers grow flush. this year, the
council is spending $328,000 on its police department. it has allocated
nothing for public health, refuse collection, fire prevention, public
housing, recreation, street repair, firefighting or utilities.
...over the last decade, two clerks in the mayor's court have pleaded
guilty to theft of funds in office. another resigned when a $56,000
shortfall was discovered. a fourth has been charged with pilfering and
is facing trial. additionally, the state auditor says, local officials
have destroyed and falsified records, not reconciled bank statements,
discarded deposit slips, and been unable to account for large sums
collected in court.
larry cunningham, new rome's $20,000-a-year police chief, did not respond
to interview requests. but he told the columbus dispatch in january that
he was doing all he could to keep village employees' fingers out of the
"unfortunately, this is not unique to us, " cunningham said. "it happens
to everybody--from united way to whatever..."