State Highway 172 near State Highway 187
Alabama 172 runs from Bear Creek, AL through Hackleburg and Hodges and then turns into Alabama 19 in Vina on to Red Bay, AL. Upon exit from Marion County and entering Franklin County you are immediately in the Hodges Police Jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the Franklin County Sherrifs Department. Speed drops from 55 to 45 then to 35 very rapidly and continues at 35 mph for approximately 2-3 miles. When entering Franklin County from Marion County be aware of this speed limit change. Hodges PD or Franklin County Sherrifs Dept. will sit at the bottom of a hill just beyond the 35 mph change to where they can see the 55 mph sign and the 45 mph sign. You cannot see the spot they sit until you have been clocked. If you are traveling at 60 mph when you pass the 45 mph sign, they will get you for 60 mph in a 45 mph zone or better yet, 55 in a 45. The Franklin County portion of Alabama 172 is heavily patroled by the Franklin County Sherrifs Department and the Alabama Highway Patrol. Hodges City is patroled by all three agencies. Often there will be a city cop and a deputy sitting in that two mile 35 mph stretch of state hwy 172. I have seen all three there at the same time on occasions. Speeding citations are what pays the city councelmen, the mayor and the officers of this town of 261 citizens. They have no other sources of revenue. They exploit the system greatly.