Speed-trap police chief hangs up his radar gun
(AP) -- The police chief who became known for making this rural North Florida town a speed trap for drivers has decided to retire after 13 years.
A.W. Smith, 61, will step down on July 6 and begin work at the Gainesville federal courthouse, where he will be on the security staff.
Smith and the American Automobile Association have squabbled for years about Waldo's strict enforcement of speeding laws.
The auto club has maintained the enforcement efforts are a revenue generator for Waldo and Lawtey, both on U.S. 301. AAA has posted signs outside each of the small towns, designating them as speed traps.
''If we are known as a speed trap, so be it. If we can slow someone down and save a life, so be it,'' Smith said.
Smith said he's been proud of Waldo's low crime rate and its traffic safety record.
City Manager Kim Worley said she supports a continuation of Smith's speeding policies.
''We have two major highways and we haven't had any fatalities in the city limits in 10 years. It's an important policy to keep going,'' she said.
The new chief will supervise six other officers in the town of 776 people about 15 miles north of Gainesville.