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Old 01-09-2010, 11:17 PM
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For those of you who travel to the North on RT 301 or coming South, be advised of the exit for RT 24 towards Gainsville.

The following is what occured to me last September 09:

While exiting onto RT 24 from RT 301 South ( I assume its in Starkey) Alachua Cty) we were stopped by a local heavy (FAT really cop in farmers outfit suspenders and all).

We were stopped doing as he claims 45 in a 15MPH zone. We were not permitted to view the radar. In addition the school was boarded up and closed.

So we bit the bullet and left with the ticket. It demanded I go to court in Jan 2010 and pay a fine in excess of $450.00

Feeling ripped off I found an atty called Steinberg who proceeded to ask for a fee of 150.00 to rep me and claimed to know everything about this town and that I wouldn't need to be present. In addition he was assuring me that the ridiculous fine would be lowered considerably.

Well to my suprise or should I say my stupidity. I find today that my fine may exceed 1000.00.

Oh the atty! Well he claims I am lucky that I didn't go to jail, school or have points added to my Florida DL. What a rip off. So beware. Looks like my Florida DL is gonna get burned. No way am I paying this 1000.00+ to anyone.

Has anyone else experienced this
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:25 PM
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Bubba: You were in Waldo, one of the state's finest speed traps. AAA has cited that town and Lawtey, north on 301, as such and has posted billboards near both towns.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:25 PM
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Stark and a couple other towns in the same area are natorious for zero tolerance speeding. This has been discussed frequently on TOTV recently. If you speed thru there... you WILL get ticketed. It does seem like a ripoff and one could assume the cops and lawyers are in cohoots with each other... never will be able to prove it though. Real sorry you have to go thru this. I try to stay away from that area if I need to drive north.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:46 PM
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Stark and a couple other towns in the same area are natorious for zero tolerance speeding. This has been discussed frequently on TOTV recently. If you speed thru there... you WILL get ticketed. It does seem like a ripoff and one could assume the cops and lawyers are in cohoots with each other... never will be able to prove it though. Real sorry you have to go thru this. I try to stay away from that area if I need to drive north.
Yea that why we start North from I-75 and RT 24 thru Gainesville to RT 301.

What upsets us both is the 15MPH sign doesn't exist and the school is not active. They purposely use it to nail drivers.

BTW the speed limit before and after the school is 45MPH, the same as we were driving.

Worse case scenario is that they suspend/revoke my Florida DL. As a former owner of a trucking firm with cross country drivers access to CDL from other states without reciprocity to Florida were available. So if I still need to drive, well U get the picture.
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Old 01-10-2010, 12:51 AM
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Last time down I saw cops giving ticket to folks right at that turn onto 24. The speed changes are ridiculous, and virtually impossible to adhere to. It seems to change up and down every few feet. I don't recall the 15 MPH drop, but I am sure it is there. Too bad. I'm guessing you're pretty well screwed one way or the other.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:57 AM
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Note to self: Avoid route 24!

Wow! That is ridiculus. I'm sure some of the goodie two shoes will say "that's why there is a speed limit, obey the law and avoid the ticket" but seriously to drop the speed from 45 to 15 then back to 45 is a TRAP. Unless you know about it, no one is looking at speed signs constantly to make sure they're not going even 1 MPH over. No one!
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Welcome to Waldo!
I was advised about it, when I used to stay in Gainesville when working with my Brigade at Camp Blanding. Avoid that place by any means available!

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Old 01-10-2010, 08:05 AM
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The town of Waldo was actually featured on a 60 Minutes segment about the # 1 Speed Trap City in the country.
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Looks like my Florida DL is gonna get burned. No way am I paying this 1000.00+ to anyone.
Aren't you concerned about jail time? Wouldn't this be contempt of court?

BTW it says on the back of your ticket that the fine "may" be considerably higher if you opt to go to court.

I got a ticket in "Sumterville" and was going to take it to court. I spoke with the ticket office about the procedure and the lady said in a very serious tone, "did you read the back of the ticket?"
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:19 AM
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hmmm. Sounds like intimidation. Official oppression.
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