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Question of the Day
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
The News-Star of Monroe, La., on speed traps:
Here’s a news flash about speed trap communities:
If you’re obeying the speed limit, you shouldn’t have a problem.
For those of us whose jobs and families frequently require us to drive around the state, we know where law enforcement is primed to support local revenue coffers with speeding ticket dollars. But evidently, not everyone is alert to those “speed trap towns.”
Rep. Steve Pylant, R-Winnsboro, got House Transportation and Public Works Committee approval Monday of HB 961 requiring the posting of signs warning motorists that they are approaching a speed trap and should slow down. The 9-3 vote sent the bill to the full House for consideration.
“I want something that grabs people’s attention” so they will slow down, he said. “What better way than to post a sign?” …
The true purpose of asking motorists to slow their pace should be related to protecting local traffic and citizens within a municipality, not to keep a town afloat. The speed should be stepped down gracefully from 65 or 55 to 40 or 35 and then possibly lower based on population and business density within the town. Motorists should have a chance to slow down without being in violation of a law.
We could be more in support of Pylant’s legislation if it addressed appropriate legal speed-limit signage at appropriate distances slowing motorists down before they entered a community and stepping it back up at the same pace as people leave populated areas.
No town should be “tricking” motorists into tickets. That’s the definition of a speed trap, and it shouldn’t be tolerated. But if motorists have ample warning and opportunity to slow their speed, it’s not a trap.
It’s obeying the law.
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