Frustrated Driver Files Federal Lawsuit Against Georgia “Speed Trap”

police speed trapThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a retired dentist has filed a federal lawsuit against the small Georgia town of Arcade, alleging that the Athens area municipality used “overzealous and improper tactics in creating a speed trap” along U.S. Highway 129.

According to the AJC, Arcade with four police officers generated $192,000 or 28% of its $675,000 annual budget from fines and forfeitures in 2009.  In 2008, the percentage was 40%.

Local business owners complain that Arcade’s zealous traffic enforcement prompts drivers to steer clear of the town, thereby hurting private business.

If successful this private lawsuit could be turned into a class action and Arcade could face punitive damages.

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