School zone in Starke
Upon entering Starke I knew that this town was a notorious speed trap. I was watching the speed limit signs and slowed down accordingly whenever the speed limit was reduced. I was surrounded with other drivers who were also carefully obeying the speed limit signs. As I left town I was pulled over by a police cruiser while going the posted speed limit. When I asked the officer why he had pulled me over, he claimed that I had gone through a Starke school zone at 45mph and quoted a $565 fine. I told him that there were no flashing lights and all the other traffic was going the same speed as I was going which was the posted speed limit. The officer then offered to only write me up for going 35 mph in a school zone which would reduce the fine to $335. My wife told me to hush up as I was growing frustrated with this situation. This town is morally bankrupt and has to make up traffic tickets to raise revenue. Having served on the school board in my local township for 12 years, I know a school zone and the flashing lights/reduced speed limits. This was clearly a corrupt set up for an unsuspecting out of state driver (PA license plate). My advice is to stay away from Starke as they have to resort to schemes such as this one to raise money. This happened 6 years ago.