A couple of bills have been introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly that would crack down on speed traps.
HB3614 would declare that any municipality deriving 20% or more of its revenues from speeding tickets is abusing its police powers and would authorize the district attorney general and the TBI to investigate them. It would also apply to municipalities who issue more than 50% of their speeding tickets for exceeding the speed limit by 10 MPH or less.
HB3864 would require any municipality that derives 50% or more of its revenues from speeding tickets to post its speed limits using blue signs. This would presumably give new meaning to the term "blue highways". The corollary to this, of course, is that it's OK for a municipality to earn up to 50% of its revenues operating a speed trap.
On a somewhat related note, if you look at any local or state government budget under "revenues", they have an expected amount of income listed for fines. In other words, they expect people to break the law and depend on it as a source of revenue. When people don't break a particular law, they rewrite it or make up a new one. Like installing red light cameras and tweaking the traffic signal timings. And people wonder how kids learn to disrespect authority.
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