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Letter: Beware speed trap in Jerome
8/9/2012 1:03:00 PM
Last Friday, Aug. 3, around 5 p.m., I drove from Cottonwood to Jerome with a friend for dinner. I was stopped by Jerome police person and told I was speeding as I had entered the 20 mile limit area. I was embarrassed and sorry I was not paying closer attention. I expected to be given a warning since after checking my license, etc., found I had a clean record. Well, not to be so, I was issued a ticket.
It was the next morning that I looked at the paperwork the officer had given me. To say I was shocked is an understatement. The fine for less than 10 miles per hour infraction was $191 plus $27 to process.
I do not deny I was going over the limit even though 20 miles is extremely slow. The fine is exorbitant and when relaying this to a couple of friends was told it is not about safety, it is about revenue for Jerome and I understand it is the same for Cottonwood. I honestly don’t think this fee fits the issue and so beware of those speed limits and don’t expect any courtesy warnings. The day of a local officer being a friend to the local people is apparently not part of the plan. It seems to be about money. This will certainly be a bit of a hardship for me to pay such a cost.
Those who set these fines need to take a closer look at the reason for such fines and the fallout from those who live here.
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