Sheriff’s Traffic Unit Targets Century Speeders

April 15, 2009

One after another, Escambia deputies pulled speeders over in Century Tuesday.
Several deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department Traffic Unit conducted the operation, stopping car after car for violating the posted 35 mph speed limit on Highway 29 in Century.
“The new sheriff has heard the complaints, and we are going to beef up traffic operations in the north part of the county as much as we can,” said ECSO Traffic Unit Sgt. Ray Griffith in a recent interview. “We are going to answer those complaints.”
The Traffic Unit often spends days in Pensacola working traffic in between escorting funerals. But Sheriff David Morgan has directed the unit to crack down on traffic in North Escambia when time allows, making traffic control a priority.
The Traffic Unit worked a similar operation in Walnut Hill about a month ago, and Griffith promised at that time that a crackdown would be coming in Century.
The tickets being written Tuesday were not cheap. Driving 50 mph in a 35 mph zone is a $266 ticket. Hit 30 mph over the posted speed limit, and the ticket has no fixed cost. The offender is required to see a judge, and the judge sets the fine amount at his or her discretion.