Unfair Speed Trap
Left home at 6 a.m. on Aug. 9 for a doctor’s appointment in Pinehurst. Traveled down U.S. 15-501 at my usual 62 cruise-controlled speed.
Came into the Legacy community around 8 a.m. and was stopped by an Aberdeen policeman for doing a speed over the 45 mph limit in a school zone. This is true. I do not deny it.
My upset with this scenario is that the 45 mph speed zone sign was so close to the actual school as to not allow enough slowing time to meet the zone’s requirement.
In other words, this is a speed trap set up to catch unsuspecting drivers unfamiliar with the geography of Moore County.
It really smacks of the ol’ town policies involving motorists and the speed trap syndrome.
I have not had a speeding ticket since, I think, the ‘70s. I’m 65, a retired school administrator for 29 of 32 years, from a neighboring county. Would I purposely, knowingly, and willfully, as stated on the speeding ticket indicated, drive through a school zone at that speed?
I don’t think so.
Put your “school zone ahead” sign out another 100 yards in either direction so that uninformed drivers like myself have a fair chance to do the right thing.
Yes, under the circumstances, I was speeding. It is the circumstances of my getting my “ticket” that upsets me.
I’ll bet (and I am a betting man) that if anyone cares to look at the data, many “out-of-towners” are ticketed in this zone more often than “in-towners.” The local Aberdeen cop wasn’t the least bit sympathetic.
This is entrapment pure and simple. Another money-grubbing exercise by the Aberdeen authority.
Anthony W. Sasseen
Little River, S.C.
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