All along Cogswell Drive

Silver Lake, WisconsinJun 07, 20100 Comments

Silver Lake is a small rural town that depends on revenue from traffic violations. The speed on Cogswell Dr. is 25 mph. We’ve never received a ticket because we always do 25mph. This small town is crazy because we have had the police "zoom" up behind our vehicle(s) while we’re doing 25mph many times over the years, despite we’re not doing anything wrong. It’s very intimidating. The same holds true for boaters on Silver Lake. One evening our family was heading back for the night to trailer our boat (around 7:45pm/dusk, no wake time). As is common practice, we clear our prop of weeds before trailering the boat by reving the engine in forward and reverse. On this particular evening, after clearing the prop, the water police (who we had been watching arrest teenagers boating with beer all the way across the lake) came full speed across the lake toward us with their lights going. We were ticketed for violating the no wake rule. We explained that we just cleared weeds from the prop and that’s why our motor rev’d, but they said we caused ripples in the water and had to ticket us. We were in disbelief! Bottom line, the town depends on this revenue, no exceptions (or common sense). If you visit the town’s courtroom during any given docket call you will find it full, sometimes standing room only. We did–beware!

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