Mayor: Falkville not a speedtrap
(Updated: Thursday, June 5, 2008 8:27 AM CDT)
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
The facts don’t support an allegation made by a Hartselle resident that the Town of Falkville is a speed trap, said Mayor Jimmie Walker, prior to providing a listing of various citations written by the town’s police department over the past 12 months.
The list shows Falkville police officers issued a total of 1,073 citations for some 67 different offenses in 2007. Of that number 370 were for speeding.
“We’re averaging about one speeding ticket per day,” Walker said. “If you look at that fact, I don’t see how our town could be justifiably classified as a speed trap.
“I review all of the tickets our officers write each month. If I see anything out of the ordinary I investigate it. I also look into any complaints that are made against our employees.”
Falkville was accused of being a speed trap by Jimmie Clemons in a letter she wrote and submitted to the Hartselle Enquirer for publication as a letter to the Editor. She acknowledged being ticketed for speeding but claimed she and her husband were not speeding when they received the ticket while driving through the town.