Rock Hill's biggest ticket-writer retiring his radar gun[replacer_img]
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By Ann Rubin
KSDK -- He's known around the country for writing more speeding tickets than just about anyone else. And now Rock Hill Police Lieutenant Ronald Zeigler is set to retire.
If you've heard his siren and seen Lt. Zeigler in your rearview mirror, you're not alone.
Driver Marie Edwards got pulled over on Wednesday, one of Zeigler's last days on patrol.
"He's stopped me before," she jokes.
On Manchester Road, he's infamous. He is the most prolific ticket-writer Rock Hill has ever seen. He averages about 60 tickets a day, about 150,000 over the course of his career.
When he busted Jim Vaughn twice in one day, he said, "If you're silly enough to speed up and down Manchester twice in the same day while I'm on duty, you deserve the second ticket."
And don't even try using excuses with Lt. Zeigler; they don't work, not even with his wife.
"Well, my wife liked to speed back then," he said. "I did stop her and I did give her a warning."
But for Zeigler, it's never been about meeting a quota. It's about safety. He once saw an accident in the 1970s that forever changed him.
"Never again did I want to peel a baby out of a dashboard or even watch a fireman do it or any other officer. So I made a commitment then: slow the cars down if possible," he said.
And that's exactly what he's done, successfully, over a 38-year career.
"He is notorious nationwide. And he is part of the personality of Rock Hill that can never be replaced," said Rock Hill Mayor Julie Morgan.
But they'll have to try, because Lt. Zeigler is retiring his radar gun next week for good. And while a few won't miss him, many more will. They said Rock Hill has been a safer place because of Zeigler.
"Although I'm looking forward to retirement more and more every day, the idea of walking away from what I've been doing for so long, it's hard," Ziegler said.
Lt. Zeigler's last day is October 20. Rock Hill's mayor said they'll have their other officers on alert the following day, just in case anyone planned on speeding to celebrate his retirement.