Highway 19 in the 50 MPH zone through the town

Summersville, West VirginiaSep 30, 20030 Comments

There is an aggressive police presense on the 50 MPH stretch of State Highway 19 that passes through Summersville. We have passed through the area a number of times on our way to Mrytle Beach from Canada. Information we obtained from a number of local people confirm that this is a huge money maker for the local town, as much as $2 Million annually according to one source. The ticketing is especially aggressive as the end of the month approaches and the officers have not met their monthly quota. At this time, people are likely to be ticketed for as little as going 2 MPH over the legal limit. The common "prey" are local teens and people from out of state. Highway 19 is a scenic double lane undivided road with great visibility and does not have residential subdivisions immediately beside it (but it does have several traffic lights). From what we learned from local people it would appear that the motivation is more about making money for the town than about concerns for public safety.

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