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Continued: Infamous Florida speed trap town of Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after ticket quota claims

  • Article by: JASON DEAREN , Associated Press
  • Last update: September 2, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Waldo residents said many people do drive through town too quickly, but hope the multiple speed limit changes could be reduced to make it easier to comply with the law.

Some welcomed news of the state's investigation, saying people are tired of the harassment.

"I'm glad they're doing something about it," said Mike Barrs, 35, a longtime Waldo resident who said he's gotten at least 20 tickets. "If I had a light out on my trailer they'll pull me over for that, for anything."

AAA, which named Waldo and nearby town of Lawtey as the nation's two worst speed traps, said it opposes traffic enforcement practices designed to raise revenue rather than increase road safety.

"AAA condemns all practices," spokeswoman Karen Morgan said, "whereby law enforcement agency rates the efficiency of its officers based upon the number of arrests made or citations issued."

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Jason Dearen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/JHDearen .

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