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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A small segment of highway that runs through the town of Waldo, Florida, requires drivers to change speeds six times. The limit goes from 65 mph to 55 to 45 to 55 to 45 to 55 and then 35. AAA called the town between Jacksonville and Gainesville a "traffic trap" and bought a billboard outside of town warning drivers. Half of the town's $1 million budget in 2013 was funded by traffic fines, a situation now under state investigation. "I'm glad they're doing something about it," said resident Mike Barrs, who has gotten at least 20 tickets.

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"I'm glad they're doing something about it," said resident Mike Barrs, who has gotten at least 20 tickets"

Mr Barrs is an IDIOT, after 2 or 3 tickets even the dumbest of folks would just reduce their speed. (when you stop banging your head with a hammer, the pain stops..LOL)

#1 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-09-02 07:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Waldo is well known to people who live in Jacksonville.

It was intentionally set up to be a money making speed trap. Imagine you're going 45, then 55, suddenly you see a sign that says 35mph with a cop sitting just on the other side of it. That's Waldo.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-09-02 08:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

www.speedtrap.org

#3 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-09-02 08:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not from Florida... so...

Where's Waldo?

hehehe ;^)

#4 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-09-02 08:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

I used to have to drive through it 4 nights a week and back-8 times in total. What a craphole too. The police chief and any other principals invested in this scam need to be in a Florida Youth camp right now. Never got busted though. There are signs paid for by surrounding communities in all directions warning the good people of these holes. Still, pretty representative of most of Northern Florida. Sorry Rogers, but you know it's true.

#5 | Posted by bocaink at 2014-09-02 09:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

I actually also used to work near "New Rome," Ohio, an enclave on the border of Columbus. Same thing, but they got busted after about twenty years of the scam. I think there were something like 118 residents and 20 cops on about a 2 mile stretch of road. My numbers are probably off, but close.

#6 | Posted by bocaink at 2014-09-02 09:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I'm glad they're doing something about it," said resident Mike Barrs, who has gotten AT LEAST 20 tickets"
Mr Barrs is an IDIOT, after 2 or 3 tickets even the dumbest of folks would just reduce their speed. (when you stop banging your head with a hammer, the pain stops..LOL)

#7 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-09-02 09:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

Beyond Jim Morrison, this part of the world isn't exactly known for its intellect.

#8 | Posted by bocaink at 2014-09-02 09:57 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Still, pretty representative of most of Northern Florida.

Locals refer to The Panhandle of Florida as "South Georgia". Except for a few places it's redneck right wing country

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-09-02 10:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

#9 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Been through a lot of FL...most of the intelligence is imported and short lived.

#10 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-09-02 10:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

Whoever ordered the ticket giving is going to prison.

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-02 10:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

said resident Mike Barrs, who has gotten at least 20 tickets

Now there is a special type of stupid.

#12 | Posted by 726 at 2014-09-03 07:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Whoever ordered the ticket giving is going to prison.

#11 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2014-09-02 10:11 PM | FLAG:

Hardly. They most likely will be allowed to "retire" early on the taxpayers money.

#13 | Posted by 726 at 2014-09-03 07:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

If you don't want to have to pay taxes fines are a convenient replacement. It's part of the conservative mind set. We've got the exact same problem right here in Ft. Lauderdale. Fines and forfeitures tripled in one year when the bottom fell out of the real estate market. Coincidence? Riiight.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2014-09-03 07:54 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Still, pretty representative of most of Northern Florida. Sorry Rogers, but you know it's true.

If you stay within five minutes' drive of the ocean this part of Florida is nice.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

#15 Yeah, but there isn't much within a 5 minute drive. Hell, you can't get from World Golf Village to the beach in 5 minutes.

#16 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-09-03 10:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

#7/#12 Until you been to or through Waldo or Hampton or Lawtey, you don't have the moral authority to judge this guy. To call those piss-holes "speed traps" is an insult to speed traps. These guys will cite you for 1 mph over the limit and the towns are absolutely COVERED in speed limit signs, often within sight of one another (you can see one end of Waldo from the other).

You also need to know a little about nepotism. I recall about 10 years ago reading that in Waldo, every city council member, the mayor and the sheriff's office employee was a member of the same family.

#17 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-09-03 10:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Yeah, but there isn't much within a 5 minute drive.

Say what? All the good stuff is within that five minute drive, such as St. Augustine, Satellite Beach and all the other cool beach towns up and down A1A.

#18 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

Keep up the complaints against the oppressionists - it is working....

www.ocala.com

#19 | Posted by mutant at 2014-09-03 12:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

" I recall about 10 years ago reading that in Waldo, every city council member, the mayor and the sheriff's office employee was a member of the same family."

Sort of like the state of W. Virginia.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2014-09-03 12:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

"AAA named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two "traffic traps" nationwide and even placed an attention-getting billboard outside the limits of the town to warn drivers to slow down before entering."....

HUH? one of the only two huh...

yeah okay...

ppl near these abusive towns who terrorize their populations should tie up their courts in not guilty pleas and ask for juries every time cause it creates jobs... the repubs would be all over that :P

#21 | Posted by HeyPal at 2014-09-03 12:57 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's hard to believe that this kind of thing still goes on.

#22 | Posted by RUexperienced at 2014-09-03 01:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

Cops are not that aggressive in writing tickets. I usually see at least 4 traffic violations in ten minutes, and I am not trained to see them. Most police officers don't like to get tied up writing citations, it reduces their response time for calls, which is a big deal in most departments. However most felony busts,(warrants mostly) occur during traffic stops. Any cop in a cruiser who can't find 12 traffic violations in eight hours doesn't need to be a police officer. They would have to be pretty blind not to see aggressive and rude drivers.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-09-03 02:08 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

good point #23

If the problem is that bad, drive 35 mph, people drive too fast anyways. That is waste of fuel and money.

#24 | Posted by danv at 2014-09-03 05:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

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