Elmore City on Hwy. 29 Approx. 1/4 Mile East of 4-way Stop
I was headed east on Hwy. 29 one late evening and was paying close attn. to my speed near the high school as I’d been stopped before in this very same area. I was doing “20” until I reached the “35” and began to speed up when the light came on behind me and the policeman told me I was doing 35 in a 20. I told him I wasn’t because I was purposely watching my speed. I got a ticket anyway. I contested it in the City Court with City Judge presiding. When I told them I was contesting it due to the fact that I was carefully watching my speed as Elmore City was known as a speed trap – they (the Judge and the cop) got really irate and rude, red-faced and asked me if I knew the “meaning of a speed-trap!” I told them I understood it to be an area where a high number of tickets were given out. The policeman quickly and angrily informed me it meant that the city got at least 70% of it’s revenue from tickets. Then I questioned the accuracy of his speed gun and he even got madder – he told me that he taught the classes on calibrating the guns. I still had to pay my ticket. While I was waiting for my turn, a 16 yr. old boy (with his mother) was contesting a ticket he had received for a tail light being out. He had received a warning previously and had taken his truck to a shop, had his receipt showing what and when it was repaired but unbeknownst to them, the fuse had burned out again – this time they found out the problem was in the wiring and had it “fixed” again. The city judge showed no understanding – even though they thought they had the problem remedied after the first time. He gave the 16 yr. old a ticket, which we all know what that did to his insurance rate! From then on, I’ll go several miles out of my way to avoid Elmore City!