Curryville a speed trap?
By Melissa Shriver
Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 6:16 p.m.
Residents of one Tri-State town say they're trying to change their community's bad reputation.
We've heard from several of our viewers complaining that Curryville, Missouri is a speed trap for motorists.
That's located just west of Bowling Green. In fact, just about 10 years ago it was dubbed "Speed Trap USA."
When driving into the small town of Curryville, Police Chief Jerry Sutton will more than likely be watching. Drivers say it's a speed trap, but Chief Sutton and Mayor Roy Crane disagree.
Is Curryville a speed trap?
Police Chief Jerry Sutton said, "No it's not a speed trap at all. I'm here to enforce the ordinances of the city and state statutes."
A decade after the town earned the nickname, "speed trap USA," the city wants to polish its reputation.
Mayor Crane said, "We're trying to outlive this ten year nightmare.....It's going to take time but as far as I'm concerned we're within the legal limits to protect our town and that's what we're going to do."
Curryville city officials say its reputation as a speed trap is just not fair and they say they have the numbers to prove it. Chief Sutton issued 650 tickets in 2007. According to MODOT roughly 36 hundred drivers pass through this city every day...one point three million a year. Chief Sutton says 650 tickets for one point three million people is *not* too many tickets for this small town.
Mayor Crane says monitoring drivers' speed through town is also a safety issue.
Mayor Crane said, "We've had tickets issued at 60 miles per hour by truck drivers and the public. It's very dangerous. We have kids riding bicycles through town and it could be fatal."
Mayor Crane said, "As in any small town, we have a right to protect our streets. We're not abusing the system. There's not too many people who enjoy getting a ticket and they want to point a finger at an officer saying he's doing wrong but all they have to do is slow down and abide by the speed limit."
And Chief Sutton says it's easy to avoid a 102 dollar Curryville souvenir.
Chief Sutton said, "Just closely observe speed law. That's all."
Traffic tickets brought in 55 thousand dollars to the city last year.
Curryville officials say they won't add any patrolmen to their police force of one...unless the town's growth warrants an additional hire.