An addendum to yesterday’s curious case: “Are we supposed to be sympathetic for a driver who was traveling at 144% of the speed limit?”


And …

We’ll continue posting these charts until all our readers have had the chance to learn from them.

In the meantime, let’s have a look at another side of the issues discussed in yesterday’s post.

GREEN MOUSE SAYS: The curious case of the speeding ticket, the honest cop, his fuming chief and the city’s abject failure to calm downtown traffic.

 … (The police officer) comes to the window and says “Ma’am, you were going 36.” After I said ok, he said he has to give me a ticket because the chief of police for Floyd County told him he had to write 5 tickets in that spot tonight.

A regular reader raises this interesting point.

Interesting story. Are we supposed to be sympathetic for a woman who was traveling at 144% of the speed limit? I realize that’s not the point, at all. But, still. 144%?

When I was tagged onto the driver’s original Facebook post, it occurred to me that (a) when the police monitor traffic on Spring Street, they generally do so from one or the other location, and (b) one of these locations is situated where the posted speed is 25 m.p.h., not 30 m.p.h.

It occurred to me to gently make this point on the driver’s post, but before I could get back to it, the post had disappeared. Now we know why; the chief of police intervened and the whole matter was swept safely under the rug.

Still, our reader’s point is valid: 144%?

36 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone works out to 144% higher. Speed kills, and the case we’ve made time and again in these pages is that in densely populated areas, the very least we can do is have uniform 25 mph speeds, because with the requisite traffic calming measures as suggested by Jeff Speck and others, speeds might be brought far closer to the safer, lower m.p.h. than what passes for safety now.

By the way, when’s the last time you saw a semi or a wrecker being ticketed for speeding on Spring Street? Yeah, me either.

Unfortunately, another undisputed fact we’ve reported time and again in these pages is Mayor Jeff Gahan’s complete inability to understand any of this. His interpretation of the two-way streets project was to affix a shoddy veneer of action atop an underlying “business-as-usual” version of nothingness.

Or, to claim victory, monetize, rinse and repeat.

We can fix this in 2019.

Until then, yes, it is fairly common to receive speeding tickets when you’re traveling 11 m.p.h. above the limit, whatever the source of the police officer’s political directives.