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Squawk of the day - Dec. 3, 2012

"When entering Warwick from either north or south, rain or shine, put on your sunglasses. You could be blinded by the blue lights."

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Warwick.......Richland.........Poulan...........Smithville........... the list goes on. What a sucky life these "fearless lawmen" must live.

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stc1993 1 year, 4 months ago

Not so much in Poulan these days since the state raised the speed limit there. That's been a good while back. I know it use to be bad. I use to live right before you get to the big curve heading east into Poulan on US82 about 35 yrs ago.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

It's been that way as long as I can remember. Just slow down through Lake Blackshear and ease back up to 75-80 when the speed limit goes back up. I have been oink-free that way...

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stc1993 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't speed on 300 that is the most heavily patroled (GSP) highway around these parts.

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

How can you call them a speed trap, when they are only stopping speeders and violators. By Georgia Code, only Georgia's Special Police can enforce an actual speed limit, except in certain defined areas the locals can only enforce it if you are ten over. Then there are the plate readers. It is a shame the readers can't compare the plate to the vehicle, they would catch a lot more because swapping plates is what folks are doing. Would even be better if they could tell States and have access to their plate base. Driving is a privilage people think they have some right to abuse. Stay within the constraints of the law, and the will not bother you. The speed on 300 and 520 is State determined, not locally.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

I get the "legality" aspect of a speed limit, walt. It's just that most of these areas are on the safest roads in the state, wide 4-lanes with plenty of visibiity. The "fearless lawmen" and the towns are using ticketing as a big source of income to their town budgets.....it's not about "safety" at all. Take Richland, Smithville, etc. There is no "traffic" out there, just a couple of cars every so often. And there's NO EXCUSE for the top speed limit to be 55 mph between Richland and Columbus!! This is an abuse.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 4 months ago

Barney Fife comes to mind when I go through these little towns around here. Nothing much goes on in these spped trap towns, so all the cops have to do is run radar.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Like Barney told Andy..."You know what happens when you give them 30 ?They go 35, you give them 35 they go 40, you give them 40 they go 45"

God Bless Don Knotts! Bernard P. Fife.

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

For what it is worth, there is a limit as to how much fine money the Municipality can keep. The State gets it's cut, and above a certain amount, it most all goes to the State. That was the work of Govenor Maddox when he tried to stop Ludawicki from ripping folks off. It is also where the code comes from that says they cannot write a ticket below ten over.

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dingleberry 1 year, 4 months ago

Ruby, it is my understanding that the 55 limits we suffer on 4 lanes like 520 is caused by state implementation of Fed guidelines. Supposedly, when the Feds raised the limit above the nationally imposed 55 during the earlier oil years, it was with the proviso that a certain number of 4-lane miles remain at 55 to get Fed funds. So it seems the state has selected rural us to punish with many of these miles. If this is true, our local leaders should point this out as a hindrance to economic development since we are "landlocked" from the interstate system and have so many poor to provide for.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Federal "guidelines" equal a mandate. "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help you"

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chinaberry25 1 year, 4 months ago

I have learned late in life and many speed tickets to use my cruise control. Make that a habit to change it every time you see a speed change. But you do not know anything. Philema is the biggest cash cow in Albany. They set up shop out there.

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Jacob 1 year, 4 months ago

Kind of odd how a certain GSP officer chooses to patrol on Philema almost on a daily basis. Wonder what motivates him to do that?

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stc1993 1 year, 4 months ago

I agree Philema is a cash cow it's because eveyone speeds on it. My BIL & his wife live on that road & when I go to their house I run around 50 mph & get passed like i'm sitting still. They have to be running 60-65 on a 45 mph road.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

You are right. It's their honey hole.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 4 months ago

If you obey the speed limit signs, you have nothing to worry about. There have been several deaths along 300 caused by folks speeding through those little towns. Obey the speed limit--the life you save could be your own!

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Jimboob 1 year, 4 months ago

In Texas a 4 lane divided highway in a rural setting will call for a 70 mph speed limit. On the good road between Albany and Columbus the speed varies depending on the county. I guess you shouldn't expect people to drive beyond their abilities...

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billybob 1 year, 4 months ago

Most of these speed limits were made when the average car did not have near the equipment and technology the average car today does. Most cars built in the last 7 years have 4-wheel disc brakes with electronic distribution, skid control, etc. A person is much safer doing 70 in a 2005 model car than a person doing 55 in a 1995 model car.

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dingleberry 1 year, 4 months ago

So will 60 be ok for a 2003?:) Cars are clearly better now from a safety standpoint but the mentality of drivers has not increased and the "situational awareness" of drivers has likely gone down. Some of these folks are unsafe at any speed regardless of the car.

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

"Unsafe at any speed". Isn't that something Ralph Nader would say, Dingle?But you are correct about the awareness and lack thereof.

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alleebrin 1 year, 4 months ago

Hey, rules are rules are rules are rules! A 45-mile speed limit on Philema Road is pretty absurd, but a rule is a rule!!

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 4 months ago

I also use my cruise control---and get better gas mileage by doing so. Not hard to obey the speed limit...when you see the sign "speed zone ahead" start slowing. By the time you reach the lower speed limit sign, YOU ARE DOING THE LOWER SPEED LIMIT. I also give myself a 15 minute window so I don't have to speed. And I think the speed limit should be lowered anyway....that would lower the price of gas since you don't burn as much fuel at the lower speeds. And if I lived in Texas, I would care about the Texas speed limits. And I don't take those curves between Albany and Columbus at a speed higher than 55...doesn't take but a second to lose control on one of those curves. As for 300 between Albany and Cordele. That road is not very well lit....As for Poulan, I disagreed when the speed limit was raised to 55. That is not a speed trap since the speed limit drops to 55 when you enter Worth County and stays 55 until you get to Sylvester. And the fines are set by the State...

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Do you not have headlights and good shocks on your car, FM? You sound like an old fuddy duddy driver to me.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes I even know where the go pedal is at! May be a fuddy duddy driver, but if that means I don't take stupid chances and obey the traffic laws to the best of my ability, then yep.....Agree with you. BTY SR, when you need an attorney to defend that speeding ticket, or failure to yield, or disregarding a traffic control device, the going rate for my boss is $1000. Make sure you can do the time before you do the crime!

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WestsideMike 1 year, 4 months ago

I believe he said something about driving beyond one's abilities. If that applies to you then drive accordingly.

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VSU 1 year, 4 months ago

Go the speed limit..plain & simple.

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ittybittyme 1 year, 4 months ago

Sister, you forgot to add Dawson, Richland, and Cussera to your list. I have been pulled over for nothing outside of Dawson...no ticket... Must have been a boring day for law enforcement!!

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DaneGlesak 1 year, 4 months ago

Cusseta right before you get on Ft Benning going west on 520 is worse than Warwick.

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 1 year, 4 months ago

If they really want to curb speeding, copy what Denmark and Finland enforce. Tickets are based on your annual income. Let's face it, a $1000 ticket to someone making $20K/year hurts a lot more than it does the doctor making $250k/year.

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Jacob 1 year, 4 months ago

Just hang tight. The U.S. will soon be just like Europe in all ways.

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waltspecht 1 year, 4 months ago

In many European Countries, one DUI equals never driving again, and if you chose to drive there is a five year sentence awaiting you if caught. I worked with a Norweigen Engineer here to help set up some of his companies equipment. He used to love to go to traffic court in Albany and watch how lieniently offenders were dealt with. Many is the time he told me that had someone done that in his Counrty, they could never drive again. He was especially bewildered by people running from the Police getting such minimal punishment. Then the DUI really made him laugh. Especially the work permits which essentially allowed folks to drive right after conviction.

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 1 year, 4 months ago

Taking away someone's privilege to drive forever is a bit harsh, even for a single DUI.

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Black_Falcon 1 year, 4 months ago

AHHH...don't you just love the duality of opinions in regards to speeding laws. Speeding laws are unfair until someone dear to us is injured (or worse) by a speeding vehicle. Then, of course, there should be better enforcement of speeding laws.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

Let's cut to the chase. There is REAL crime taking place 24/7 all over this state and in every city in this state. To dedicate a "fearless lawman" full time to trying to catch people running 10 over in places out in the middle of nowhere that SHOULD be 65 MPH is a waste of law enforcement resouces that could be put to better, more effective, and more meaningful use. Their motivation is simply to catch people unawares or whose foot has gotten a little heavy, in efforts to pad the coffers of the city and thereby justify their own pitiful existence. "GO AFTER REAL CRIME" and quit harassing people just trying to get home.

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stc1993 1 year, 4 months ago

That's why cities have criminal & traffic divisions each one has their own purpose. A lot of the traffic scofflaws are the ones doing the other crimes.

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AlbanyIsTooDarkDuringTheDay 1 year, 4 months ago

How many people are killed as a result of someone else speeding (not DUI) versus other ways from which cops are sworn to protect us.

I honestly don't know but I imagine it is a lot easier sitting on your fat butt in your squad car waiting for speeders, than actually protecting people from criminal activity.

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Sally_O 1 year, 4 months ago

How are these officers to protect people from criminal activity if they don't know criminal activity is in progress? You think the criminal is going to call the station and inform them they are about to burglarize a house, or rob someone at gunpoint or physically assault someone? I am sure if a call comes in about a robbery etc. that patrolman will be dispatched over to the scene.

Some of these speeders are actually wanted criminals and some have been caught and arrested from making those simple traffic stops.

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gladileftalbany 1 year, 4 months ago

2 lane US Highways in Montana are 70..Up until a few years ago there wasn't a speed limit or an open container law. Uncle Sam changed that by threatening to cut off all highway funding

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Cusseta, Chattahoochee Co., Webster Co., Sewart Co. Richland get you when you are going down hill and it is a trap. I realize the speed limit is the same going down hill as it is going up but vehicles don't react the same. Speed limit in Chattahoochee, Webster and Stewart Counties should definitely be increased to 65.

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