What is a Speed Trap?
Detailed research by the U.S. Department of Commerce has shown that the safest rate of travel is a few miles per hour above the average traffic speed. Enforced speed limits set below that average speed are speed traps, sacrificing safety for revenue.
Speed Trap Round Up: Benton, Tennessee
Beware of this Speedtrap:
Highway 411 through Benton city, TN – Front of Police Dept
Highway limit is 55. Benton's arbitrary and capricious speed limit is 40. As evidenced, by the numerous complaints, its clear Benton is a notorious speed trap, that they have a quota. But what really irritates me, is the level of disrespect from this officer. Asks about driving record, which is clean. Then asks why I was speeding and before I could render a response he gave me all these sarcastic answers: i.e. is there a fire?, you just in a hurry? you just don't care? Seriously, people don't like this. I'm not a local. I'm a veteran. A law abiding citizen. I used to be a federal agent and conducted counter drug operations in the Caribbean where my team went after real bad guys. This small town good ole boy deputy needs to learn some manners, as well as professional law enforcement protocol. The police officer, "claimed" his radar clocked me 57 on 40. Said he was going to lower it to 51, as if he was doing me a favor. Said my insurance costs would not go up as much with him giving me a break. Ticket cost: $124 Pretty lavish police station for city with a population of 1,300. Then before letting me go, lectures me again about driving the speed limit, as if the $124 fleecing doesn't speak for itself. This is not about Public Safety. Its about generating income. Don't spend your tax dollars, or vacation money in Benton TN.
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