Speedtrap List - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-25-2006, 08:51 AM   #1
Senior Member
Patrick M.'s Avatar
Name: Patrick
Trailer: 2007 Casita Liberty (Sold 2011)/ Honda Odyssey
Posts: 705
funding the small town budget is even worse!


Patrick M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 09:00 AM   #2
Frederick L. Simson's Avatar
Name: Frederick
Trailer: Fiber Stream
Posts: 8,152
Send a message via AIM to Frederick L. Simson

As is obvious from the traffic flow, the speed limit is grossly under-posted and universally ignored.

Traffic is moving safely and expeditiously, but not legally according to the posted speed limit.
I beg to differ with the author's analysis.

Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
Frederick L. Simson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 09:18 AM   #3
Senior Member
Roger H's Avatar
Name: Roger
Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
Posts: 5,000
Fortunately, the author's website has First Amendment protections because for anyone who has ever worked within government, his premise is ridiculous. Getting cops together on the streetcorner and to get them to agree that they need to pick up $20 bills blowing around in the street is tough. Getting entire sections of government (legislative, executive, AND judicial) together to perpetrate this on the public is nearly impossible. Further, his information about where the fine monies go is flat wrong.

Cops run radar. Tickets are written. Fines get paid. Sometimes, a sergeant or chief even directs that a specific area needs speed enforcement and there's an organized effort to do enforcement for a while.

The idea of writing enough tickets to gain enough fine money to fund anything in small-town USA is just laughable.

All monies collected by governmental units are deposited into the "general fund" as revenues regardless of the source, even the parts of the fines that are earmarked to be returned to agency who issued the citation.

Law enforcement agencies are then funded through the "general fund" through a budget. Preparation on that budget is generally begun about four months into the current fiscal year, and the budget is approved by the elected body that governs the unit about six months prior to the new fiscal year start. Every expenditure must be authorized by that governing body; particularly those that aren't budgeted for.

I just love it when somebody with an axe to grind leaves out a few minor details in their "honest analysis" of the issue.

Roger H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 09:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
Chester Taje's Avatar
Name: Ches
Trailer: 1992 Kustom Koach 17 FT
British Columbia
Posts: 4,897
Obey the law and dont worry about it .If you speed expect to pay sooner or latter.
Retired Underground Coal Miner.
Served in Canadian Army (1PPCLI)
Chester Taje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 11:06 AM   #5
Senior Member
Patrick M.'s Avatar
Name: Patrick
Trailer: 2007 Casita Liberty (Sold 2011)/ Honda Odyssey
Posts: 705
When I roll through a small town I always go the posted limit because:

1) I'm not in a hurry
2) There might be food
3) I've lived in a small town and the residents deserve respect for their rules.

#2 is the most important!
Patrick M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 11:07 AM   #6
Senior Member
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 509
I estimate that the USA could cut oil imports by 10% to 15% if everyone never exceed the posted speed limits.
CD and Joyce Smith - Lily, Violet, and Rose
1999 Casita 17' SD - "The Little Egg"
2007 Escalade - 6.2L V8 - 6L80E Trans - 3.42 Diff
CD Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 02:47 PM   #7
Gina D.'s Avatar
Name: Gina D.
Trailer: '77 Leocraft 17 & Former Burro owner and fan!
West Coast USA
Posts: 9,016
I LIVE in one of those small towns, and #3 is a pretty good reason to step off the gas. (#2, er, I mean food, ain't that plentiful here.)

Do you know if there is a school around the corner? A church or shopping area that would have lots of pedestrians and/or side traffic? You most likely don't, you are only passing thru and rarely get off the main drag. The folks that wrote the rules DO know.

It's the things you CAN'T see that are what the rules may be for, not the blatantly obvious. Here in Hooterville, we have 4 or 5 people hit by cars going too fast thru town each year. Not all of them live.
Gina D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 05:15 PM   #8
Senior Member
Trailer: Former Casita 17 ft owner
Posts: 1,498
I have a device on my dash that makes me virtually immune to speeding tickets.

It's called a speedometer.
Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 05:50 PM   #9
Senior Member
jdtrotter's Avatar
Trailer: Outfitter Caribou 6.5 ft Truck Camper
Posts: 212
Almost every small town or village in Mexico has topes (speed bumps) at both ends of town, by the schools, and elsewhere. Not all of them are marked well, but after the first time one fails to see one of the really nasty ones, and speeds over it, he/she will remember to slow down for every village---that is if the car still works.

While they can seem like a real annoyance at times, they are very effective and save a lot of lives.

jdtrotter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2006, 06:15 PM   #10
Senior Member
Brian B-P's Avatar
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Posts: 4,999
I estimate that the USA could cut oil imports by 10% to 15% if everyone never exceed the posted speed limits.
I doubt that this is exactly true, since a huge part of that imported oil does not get used by road vehicles, and speed is really important to consumption only at highway speeds, but I agree that a meaningful amount of a limited an expensive resource would be saved by knocking off a bit of speed under highway conditions.

I try to be careful to avoid being too smug about using less fuel than the next guy (by driving a smaller car or more efficient van, or pulling a lighter trailer), since I also drive more than required (by living further from work than necessary), and pull a trailer (instead of staying in motels or tent camping). We are all part of the problem.

Of all the reasons to [b]slow down through towns on highways, Patrick has a great list and (more seriously) I think Gina has it right - go back up and read it again.

...not legally according to the posted speed limit.
The posted speed limit [b]is the definition of allowed speed according to the law, so this is a nonsensical statement.

Roger, I appreciate the insights you have given us into the world of [b]law enforcement officers, and admire that you have clearly kept your sense of humour in this challenging career. I'm not arguing with your analysis of the cash flow of fines, but I did notice that when Alberta regulations changed a few years ago so that fines collected by municipal bylaw officers were directed to the municipality (instead of, presumably, the province), some municipalities (without their own pollice department) suddenly acquired more cars, equipped them with red-and-blue lights, and started doing speed enforcement. Hmmm...

1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
List JasonWesterman General Chat 22 11-04-2009 12:40 PM
2008 Fun List Donna D. General Chat 4 05-04-2008 09:53 PM
The List Greg Conly General Chat 17 04-23-2008 05:23 PM
Christmas Wish List Alf S. General Chat 23 12-17-2006 01:40 PM
3? on Craig list Classified Archives 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.