BEWARE...Barney Fife (aka the Tyrone Police) Trying to get their Quota....

Not that anyone will be surprised but Tyrone's Finest are out in force till the end of the month on HWY 74. If you are traveling NORTH or SOUTH on 74 between now and Jan 31st BEWARE!!! They are laying in wait for you.

One night this weekend I saw Tyrone with 3 different cars pulled over between Dogwood and East Crestwood road. Cha-Ching BABY!!! The stretch between Dogwood Rd and Tyrone Rd is their FAVORITE hangout. Black police cars, darkness, low lying median, its SPEED TRAP heaven.

So if you are traveling on 74 Beware of Barney Fife!

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Submitted by we rule on Thu, 01/31/2008 - 8:20pm.

The reason why it is their favorite hangout is because that is where idiots like you speed aka breaking the law! If you don't like it then stay out of Tyrone or stop your whining!

Submitted by theguy on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 7:47am.

1. Tyrone is NOT a speed trap as defined by Ga. Law. OCGA 40-14-11(d) states: "There shall be a rebuttable presumption that a law enforcement agency is employing speed detection devices for purposes other than the promotion of the public health, welfare, and safety if the fines levied based on the use of speed detection devices for speeding offenses are equal to or greater than 40 percent of that law enforcement agency's budget; provided, however, that fines for speeding violations exceeding 17 miles per hour over the established speed limit shall not be considered when calculating total speeding fine revenue for the agency.

2.Tyrone officers are required to give motorists 18 mph over the limit on 74 before writing a ticket in most cases - ask any of them. Consequently, they don't write you unless you are going at least 73 mph in a 55 mph zone.

3. The police department has NOTHING to do with the speed limits. That is up to the council.

4. Tyrone has fewer accidents involving injuries and fatalities as a result of their work.

5. Three officers writing a ticket at the same time is NOT a speed trap - that is simply traffic enforcement. They are doing their job.

6. Traffic enforcement has been proven as an effective means of reducing crime as well - maybe that is why Tyrone enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in Metro Atlanta.

File an open records request with Tyrone. I guarantee you that their traffic fines for speeding do not equal 40% of their operating budget.

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Submitted by pentapenguin on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 12:44am.

What part of "Speed Limit: 55" can't you read? Eye-wink There are many signs informing motorists that the speed limit is 55 from the PCPD all the way to the interstate. Nothing too confusing there. 74 isn't the interstate -- don't do 70 MPH on it because there are stop lights and side streets. You endanger yourself and other motorists.

Submitted by h2otom on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 7:00pm.

its easy to catch a speeder, not so easy to catch a drug dealer in Publix parking lot, keep up the fine work !!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 5:13pm.

It sounds like hwy 74 is safer for all of us. Good job men in blue.

Keep up the good work! We need you more than you need us.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 3:39pm.

Will you still get a ticket for speeding? C'mon, it's not rocket science, slow down to 5 or so above the speed limit and you will more than likely never get a ticket.

If you're in that big of a hurry, leave earlier.

Submitted by Rememberwhen on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 1:58pm.

If these cars were driving the speed limit chances are they would not get stopped. Speed limit signs are clearly posted. Thank you Tyrone Police - maybe someone exceeding the speed limit will think twice before doing so in Tyrone.

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 3:43pm.

It was 3 different stops, by 3 different officers,within eyesight of each other. I Rememberwhen that was called a speed trap!

Like you NEVER speed??? Yeah right!

Submitted by boxwing on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 5:35pm.

... where the speed limit changes abruptly to trick the driver in exceeding the speed limit. This is done by going from 55 to a much lower speed with no warning or by having signs that are hard to see. Hwy 74 has a constant 55 mph limit throughout Tyrone so in no way is this a speed trap. So drive 60 or less and don't get caught - its not rocket science (and I should know).

Submitted by Daniel Ross on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 9:58pm.

A perfect example of a speed trap would be where the speed limit drops to 45 mph on I-85 NB near the airport around all of that construction in Clayton County. Many cops sit and wait for people going 55+ to pass.

This just reveals the same thing Tyrone's speed limits do:

Drive the speed limit (or at max 5 over) and you won't get stopped.

Three cops within sight of each other isn't a speed trap, it's the policemen doing their job.

"Triangle Park"? Give me a break.
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Submitted by pentapenguin on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 12:51am.

Please remember that the lower speed limits in work zones are for the safety of the workers. 51 GDOT employees have been killed.

Submitted by Aerocop on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:09am.

Well, maybe if they worked faster or at least moved every once in awhile they'd be harder to hit...

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Submitted by wulfman on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 7:37am.


Great point,

Accidents in construction zones have greatly increased and most of them are linked to trucks and cars exceeding the speed zone.

Doubling of fines for speeding in construction zones doesn't seem to be working.

It's common to see cars and trucks speeding along at 70+ mph.

Slow down people!

I would rather be late for an appointment, than live the rest of my life knowing I killed someone because I didn’t slow down.

Submitted by TyroneTerror on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 6:41pm.

speed limit enforcement for purposes of ticket revenue or traffic deterrence instead of safety.

That's exactly what Tyrone is all about. I haven't been stopped so I'm not whining about that. It just pi$$es me off that Tyrone has to be that way. It has nothing to do with safety or protecting the public...Its revenue enhancement, plain and simple.

Submitted by Rememberwhen on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 7:33pm.

speeding therefore, no ticket revenue - speed and get caught you pay. The police are doing thier job!

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Submitted by slider on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 8:48am.

Collecting revenue.
Traffic cop=revenue collection officer

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 8:58am.

You could just stay home and never drive again.....that would fix them real good.

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Submitted by slider on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 6:41pm.

where they dropped the speed limit 10 mph.
Going into Tyrone you see a sign 45mph then within sight distance of this sign is a 35mph sign.
I would say this aplies to "where the speed limit changes abruptly to trick the driver in exceeding the speed limit".
They did it all over town on the surface streets.
I'd like to see the justification for dropping the speed limit all over town at the same time.
There isnt one ! Its done to catch people speeding! Its not about safety its about money! Someone show me differently . Please.

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 7:14pm.

Very reasonable, in my opinion, especially where it is actually the limit in Tyrone. If you want to drive 55, stay on the 4 lane.

If you don't think it's 35 on most 2 lanes through the heart of small towns all over this Country, you don't get out much.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 4:05pm.

Thats called enforcement, slow down and there's no problem, is there a law somewhere that says only one car at a time can give a ticket? You sound like that crybaby that wailed about getting a ticket for rolling through the stop sign, Noah something wasn't it?

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Submitted by Rememberwhen on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 4:04pm.

was probably not enough! Rememberwhen people owned up to making bad choices instead of whining about it and blaming it on the police?
Poor baby broke the law got caught and that is so unfair.
I don't recall saying I did not speed, but I would think if I saw one set of blue lights I would be smart emough to slow down.

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Submitted by slider on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 5:24pm.

But Tyrone did just lower speed limits all over town. Was this done because a traffic/road survey showed that all the roads in Tyrone were unsafe at the old speed limits? Nah, I think it had more to do with revenue enhancment.
So, dont speed or spend your money in Tyrone. Thats what I do.
When the speed limits were lowered , and I saw all those pretty blue lights out collecting $$$ , I charted an alternate route to work.
I now buy my breakfast , paper and gas elswhere.No tax $$$ from me!!!

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 8:03pm.

Ok, I wasn't gonna get into this, but these are the facts.
2 or 3 years ago, the public insisted on being at the budget meeting for Tyrone, we got to come, but rather than have it in the normal area where everyone could sit down, they had it in a small room off the main one, without microphones, and this is the honest truth, the 'old watch' sat with their backs to us and we could hear very little.

At that time people couldn't even get a copy of the budget without PAYGING FOR IT! Gloria Furr, who is now on council went to town hall and asked Valerie for one in advance. She made Gloria pay for it. Later it became a stink that to even see it, you had to pay, and Gloria was given her money back. [this is the type thing that was done to taxpayers on a regular basis].

Long story short, when the budget was being discussed, Barney said loud and clear, I was there, "the police department is not pulling their weight", Chief Hays looked at Barney in amazement, as if to say, how can we generate income, we are here protect the citizens?

It wasn't 2 weeks later, the lower speed limits went up all over town. It was protested by the citizens, but at a town hall meeting, Barney stated it was to protect the pedestrians walking along the roads. It was quickly pointed out that we have no sidewalks and no pedestrians walking the road. We were over ruled, as we always were.

Do we have speed traps? You bet! Was the intent to protect the citizens or get money? I think from what I've written, the answer is obvious!

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Submitted by slider on Tue, 01/29/2008 - 8:57am.

This is Exactly what I was refering to!
I wish someone could show me traffic/roadway surveys that show a NEED for lower limits , but thats Not gonna happen because thats not WHY it happened.
The Tyrone police are just doing their jobs when they hand out tickets to the "speeders" who are exceeding the new and improved revunue enhancment speed limits.
I feel sorry for them. I'm sure they went into law enforcment for other reasons than to collect revenue but that is what the job has become.
Disclaimer: I have never had a ticket in Tyrone , so I have no axe to grind. I just dont like what I see.

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