Deputies Step Up Ticket Writing on 385
Last Edited: Tuesday, 06 Feb 2007, 9:36 PM CST
Created: Tuesday, 06 Feb 2007, 8:36 PM CST

By Bernard Watson
"They are doing 76, 55," said Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Russell Duval

If you put the pedal to the metal on 385 watch out.

"See how he's leaning back and forth not paying attention to any thing he's doing," said Duval pointing out a driver.

The Shelby County Sheriff's office is stepping up its efforts to get people to slow down.

"A lot of people will go with the flow of traffic and not realize how fast they are going," said Duval.

Last month Deputies wrote 343 citations for various offenses on 385. In all of 2006, 395 were issued.

"It's a speedway," said Duval.

And the Sheriff's office says because of that, it's applying for a federal grant it hopes will pay for a special officer and or a patrol car that will work exclusively on enforcing the speed limit on 385.

"You were doing 85 in a 65, following to close," Duval told one driver. "You were right behind somebody, following to closely. You were going in and out of traffic without signaling, then you passed someone on the entrance ramp."

Even if the Sheriff's office doesn't get the grant, deputies say they'll keep writing tickets until the message gets through.

"We are going to curb the speeding out here," said Duval.