Posted Mar 12th 2014 4:00PM
A tiny town is in trouble after its police department wrote a whopping 12,698 speeding tickets despite holding jurisdiction over just 1,260 feet of road. Yes, feet, not yards, miles or kilometres.
The New York Times has the story of Hampton, FL, the small and allegedly corrupt town of 477 people that's in the crosshairs of the state after taking in US$419,624 in fines between 2011 and 2012, yet still ending each year with a big ole minus sign in the city ledger!!!
"This town has struggled financially for years and years," said Jim Mitzel, the 50-year-old former mayor of Hampton, FL. "But once we got [Route] 301, our chief went crazy." The town annexed the heavily patrolled route in the 1990s, installing a speed trap that dropped suddenly from 65 to 55 mph (105 to 88 km/h). Naturally, this tiny town is making major headlines after its appearance on AAA's list of worst speed traps... READ FULL STORY