(I could not find the one I lost, this one isn’t as good! of course!)
With the invention of the automobile there came a need for speed limits laws. With the advent of laws, there must be enforcement. There is the sticky point with me. Laws should be enforced, but NOT FOR REVENUE. Some agencies forget that the law is for safety, not revenues.
In my early life I received a ticket for loud mufflers. I knew I was breaking the law, but my car ‘asked for’ a spilt manifold and twin exhausts so it was happy and SOUNDED GREAT . In my defense, many cars today have louder stereos than my mufflers (smile). Fine $35. I WAS GUILTY.
Then I wrecked the same car, single car accident, I got a ticket for Reckless Driving. I was guilty.
Later in life I got a ticket for crossing the center line. Guilty there too,
BUT I have had two speeding tickets WHERE I was NOT GUILTY. Those were obviously for the local coffers.
We have all seen in life, in the movies or TV where the local or state LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) is hiding behind the bill board.
Then in my life time came the “TIME AND DISTANCE” Measuring devices. Enter the “WHAMMY”, very popular in the 1950’s. A Whammy was two black air hoses stretched across the traffic lanes spaced about 100 feet apart. When a vehicle front tires hit the first hose a meter starts running at the 2nd hose it is stopped , showing the cars speed.
It was a natural reflex for drivers to let off the gas, sometimes even touch the brakes speeding or not. Drivers could not resist. The weirdest story around here was of a Charlotte lady on Wilkinson and rolled over both hoses and registered 35 in a 45.
The Whammy was used for years. Now we have RADAR and you do not see the little black hoses across the road. They never caught me.
I despise speed traps. I do not fuss with any city that strictly enforces the speed limits, but I do not like the sneaky hiding LEO approaching the speeder as if he were a felon in need of ARREST. Neither do I appreciate a community who pays all their city salaries with speeding tickets. But that is just my opinion.
I also do not like it when my insurance goes up due to speeding, I haven’t cost them a thing. I wrote the Governor and several officials expressing my displeasure of paying my Ins company $600 more over 3 yrs. My fines were less than $50. I told the Governor, Fine me $500 and put it on the roads, don’t make me pay the Ins. company.
Some beauties for 1921