Today I was given the option of adding $190.00 to the Cleveland city coffers. I was driving between the two plants and was clocked in a 25MPH zone doing 37. I will now add that I was guilty as charged, but I also feel that this was more for fund raising than law enforcement. Especially when, as I didn't produce my insurance card, but they checked the box that I did. the officer also told me that they were controlling traffic under the direction of the mayor. There were also speed traps on another road I drove on.
Now comes the vitriol. Where are these officers when I'm driving to work and there are hookers on several street corners flashing motorists? Where are they when there are panhandlers on the busy corners since panhandling is illegal in Cleveland?
Were these speed traps set up because the city has to pay a ton of overtime to those having to do all this forensic work due to the ongoing investigation on Imperial Ave., where that piece of scum sexual predator had, at last count 11 bodies in his house? He will probably spend the rest of his life being fed, clothed, and housed on the taxpayer's dime. When you take a look at the severity of the crime, he will get off comparatively easier than those who happen to be driving past the speed limit. Especially since the driving scofflaws more than likely have families to support. I don't know about others, but 190 dollars puts a huge dent in my budget.
Where I live, when you get caught speeding, and have a recent record as clean as mine, the police usually let you off with a warning.