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Squawk of the day - Feb. 15, 2012

"The speed limit on Highway 19 is 65 mph from the Florida line north until you reach Sumter County. Why do we let a county impose a lower-than-state-law limit which slows traffic and creates a speed trap?"

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

There are a lot of counties in there. Which one are you talking about?

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

Apparently Sumter, like the squawk says... Just stay outta Sumter, Take I-75 and u can go 80mph.

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

Yeah, you're probably right. I really need to stop commenting at 5:30 in the morning before my coffee's kicked in.

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beartrap 2 years, 2 months ago

Speed limit drops to 55 mph at Sumter county line and also is 55 mph when you reach Taylor county......we, as taxpayers, spendt millions of dollars to four lane this highway and make it safe to travel 65 mph. Why do we let a county impose a lower speed limit on it?.....

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scooby62 2 years, 2 months ago

When you leave I-75 and go into Cordele, you go from 75 mph down to 55. Right about Warwick and going until right before the Pilot here in Albany,It drops down to 45. Figure that one out.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Tell 'em coach....If you go the speed limit you don't have to worry about the speed traps etc. I go a few miles over the limit, but just enough to not draw attention.The people that go 15-20 miles over are the very same ones that would complain about being pulled over and getting a ticket. With all that being said, there are some 55 mph zones that could be up to 65 mph.

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

Jeez, I didn't know the County could decide the speed limit. I thought the State did based on population density, road interchanges, accidents and history. This is a State highway and not a County Road you are referring to isn't it? Plus I would guess you would take your ten over that code allows for County enforcement anyway so your doing 64 aren't you? Or are you one of the few that fears GSP (God's Special People) whom the legislature deemed the only Police honest enough to enforce the actual posted limit. That alone has to speak volumes about the status of Policing in Georgia.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

I almost always go 9mph over the speed limit.

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beartrap 2 years, 2 months ago

people like coachjohnson are why we have speed limits like that....mindless sheep that just do as they are told.....unfortunately we've got mindless people just like him making some of these senseless laws...

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

Just so we both know, if you choose to break a law because you don't agree with it, don't complain when you go to court. Coach's idea will keep him out of court. I know quite a few folks still not wearing seatbelts in other than pickup trucks and complaining like heck when they are caught.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

I tell you what.....keep speeding like a fool over there and we will be reading your name in the paper.....So, go ahead, act a fool......YOU WILL LOSE!

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

Smithville now has 60MPH on their bypass. Kinda kicks in to their speed traps. Most do not go over 70 on that highway, so they are not suppose to stop you unless you are going 10MPH over speed limit. GSP can stop you but not the city police. Of course I will go 15 miles out of way to bypass Smithville.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

I came back after Thanksgiving and the speed limit is too low. I would have been better going I-75. US19 is just a money maker for these small counties who are not charging enough taxes on property and expect fines to make up the difference. Charge a reasonable amount to landowners and you will not need to gouge the public. Look at Randolph Co. and their $900,000 that all taxpayers will have to pay IRS. There is a house in rural Randolph Co. that is 4000+ square foot on 117 acres of land with a pool. Built less than 7 years ago The whole shebang is appraised at $220,000. This is public records, so look it up. And they are expecting the taxpayers of the USA to make up their tax issues. The federal government needs to get involved.

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

OK, do you know that only a certain amount of fine money can be retained by the County or Municipality? The rest gets turned over to the State. This all came about because of a little town called Ludiwicki. That is why the code is written like it is. To make it where a speed trap will not legally benefit the Municipality and County. Unless of course their Judge bypasses the law and tells you he will change the charge, and you won't get points, nor will your insurance know. That way it isn't a speeding fine and they keep the money. Of course I have only heard rumors that this happens, and those taking advantage of it aren't talking.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

I completely agree with the sentiment of this Squawk. Go any direction out of Albany and you will see beautiful new 4-lane highways out in the middle of nowhere with speed limits at 55mph. Hwy 19 goes to 60 mph at Smithville and then down to 55 mph all the way to Griffin. Same thing between here and Columbus at Merritt Pecan near Weston. And each and every direction has some podunk town with a Speed Trap. Need I mention Richland, Smithville, Warwick, Poulan?? I don't care if they can only keep part of the money...it's more money for them and more money for the State of GA (who needs all the money they can get, hence turning a blind eye). It has been said that these speed limits are remaining at 55 mph because the State DOT doesn't want to pay for the cost of changing the signs.

I know the self-righteous out there will just say "well just obey the speed limits" and I do for the most part but that's no reason not to demand that the situation be changed for the better AND that speed traps be shut down. BTW, the definition of a speed trap is creating a confusing or sudden speed limit change to catch people unawares who MIGHT ALREADY BE GOING THE LEGAL SPEED but get caught unawares, like folks from out of town, business travellers, etc. GOTCHA!!

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justme 2 years, 2 months ago

Well let me tell you Mr. Spect I am willing to talk about the ticket fixing in TERREll county. Several years ago a GSP trooper was sitting on the side of the road with a car pulled over parked in front of the trooper. Myself and two others passed them and approx. 3 to 4 minutes later I see the trooper coming with lights on. I pulled over thinking he was on a hot run somewhere. Instead he gave me a ticket for speeding.

When I went to court there were 13 people waiting to go before the judge, I was the first person to check in with the clerk and the last to be heard. No big deal until I got in the courtroom and the judge stated to me, "YOU WANTED THIS HEARING SO SAY WHAT YOU HAVE TO. I proceeded to let the judge know that I did not just fall off of some farm truck and that I have never been addressed as such in a court of law. After "SHE" found out who I am and who I worked for in the past "SHE THE JUDGE" stated pay a fine of $75 and no points on your driving record. I wonder if the old bird is still sitting on the bench...............

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

you must be one of Jimmy Carter's people

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 2 months ago

I've got the best radar detector that money can buy so that keeps the traps away. I can see those Richland, Warwick and Poulan officers before they see me. I haven't gotten a ticket since I bought it. Best $400 I've ever spent. I gave too many counties too much of my hard-earned money before I got smart.

I can't stand driving eastbound on 82 to the coast. There are about 17 different speed changes on that road and it requires a keen eye to keep you on the straight and narrow. That shouldn't happen.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

I love my fuzz buster too. Wouldn't drive without one!

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whattheheck 2 years, 2 months ago

Sounds like the same situation we have on Hwy 520 from Weston to Columbus and others. For what it is worth, it is my understanding that the Feds require a certain number of miles of 4 lane to be 55 in order to get highway dollars that were tied to the 55 mile speed limit they reluctantly raised to 65 a number of years ago. The initial restriction was tied to saving oil/gas imports and supposed safety. We in the more rural areas seem to get the brunt of the miles so designated because, well, we are more rural. Don't know for sure this is the real story but it surely sounds plausible.

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