Posted Feb 26th 2013 6:45PM
Anyone who's ever lived in the Midwest or driven through the state of Ohio probably knows that the Buckeye State is legendary for the strict speed traps along its highways. After March 22, motorists driving along Interstate 71 near Cleveland, OH will have a little more breathing room.
That's because new state legislation will be shutting down eight of the mayor's courts in Ohio, including one in Linndale, the state's most notorious and controversial speed trap city. According to The Cleveland Leader, Linndale has but one exit and a quarter-mile section of the interstate inside its borders, yet "in 2011, Linndale police issued 4,000 traffic tickets, which accounted for over US$400,000 in revenue." That's eight times as many citations per 100 citizens as any other place in Ohio. In fact, if you take a Google Street View look at I-71 as it runs through Linndale, you can see a police officer camped out in the shadows of a bridge.
The outgoing mayor's courts system allow a mayor-appointed city employee – not a judge – to preside over traffic cases, and all of the ticket revenue would then be funneled to the city. All of this for a small town with fewer than 200 residents. With the new law, Linndale police will still be able to patrol the Interstate and ticket speeders, but the revenue from fines will then be split with other government entities.
Check out a video from a local news station below.