US Highway 54 near State Highway 73 Macks Creek, Missouri
This used to be the biggest speed trap in Missouri until the state changed the laws a few years ago and the city was audited. They sit at the bottom of the hill, on 54, and wait for you to come down. The speed limit changes very quickly and the hill is very steep so your speed will increase very quickly as well. There is still a HUGE billboard at the top of the hill that tells you the speed limit is 45 but it has faded and fallen into disrepair.
I don't feel sorry for ANYONE who got a speeding ticket in Mack's Creek. As stated above, there are bill boards on both ends of town, before entering the city limits, before the hills that lead into town. The speed limit is 45mph in town. There's enough time to slow down, even when towing a load.
There used to be no city police force in Mack's Creek. There was a problem with biker gangs causing ruckus. There was also a problem with serious car wrecks at the bottom of the hill (the center of town) where speeding cars would often collide, causing serious injuries and fatalities. The citizens voted to hire a cop to help with that, so they wouldn't have to wait as long for a county deputy or state trooper to arrive. The town got cleaned up.
The cops that used to work there almost never gave tickets for less than 15mph over the posted speed limit. Yet, there were enough tickets written that the fines provided for street improvements, park improvements, etc, so the 200 or so local residents didn't have to pay additional taxes. Sounds like a pretty good scenario to me, if I were living there. I would say that if you don't want to fund some other town's local projects, then DON'T SPEED through their town!
So as time went on, citizens from other communities would complain to their state representatives to the point that there was an amendment to the state constitution. This became known as the Mack's Creek Amendment. It says that a municipality cannot use fines to make up more than 40% of their municipal budgets. Well, that killed the town budget, of which fines were making up 97% of the budget.
Again, outsiders breaking the law, getting caught, and getting fined. Too bad, IMHO.
So now there's no PD, the streets are crumbling, and there is no civic pride. Way to go, Missouri Legislature.
Since this kind of sham happened, my mind curiously wonders, if enough out of town people complain about speeding tickets, if someone crosses a city limit line to commit a serious crime (murder, rape, arson, assault, etc.) can we lobby our state representatives to have that wiped away too?
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