Attention drivers: Waldo's 'speed trap' police chief retiring -...

The police chief who became known for making this rural north Florida town a speed trap for lead-footed drivers has decided to retire after 13 years. Full Story
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Bruce

Orlando, FL

#1 Jun 27, 2007
Back in the 80's my buddy got a ticket for going 32 in a 30 zone in Waldo. I heard they would set up a School Crossing about an hour and a half before school started so they could enforce an even lower speed limit. They could probably save more lives if they lowered the speed limit to 1mph. Viva la hick attitude! I don't want to see a picture of him cause I like to imagine he look just like Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit movie.

Wonder if Waldo's Farmer and Flea market still stands?
OSWALDOCOLON

Swarthmore, PA

#2 Jun 27, 2007
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL .WELL MR SMITHS DO YOU DO SPEED.
rob

Inverness, FL

#3 Jun 27, 2007
Bruce wrote:
Back in the 80's my buddy got a ticket for going 32 in a 30 zone in Waldo. I heard they would set up a School Crossing about an hour and a half before school started so they could enforce an even lower speed limit. They could probably save more lives if they lowered the speed limit to 1mph. Viva la hick attitude! I don't want to see a picture of him cause I like to imagine he look just like Jackie Gleason in Smokey and the Bandit movie.
Wonder if Waldo's Farmer and Flea market still stands?
Yes,flea market still there. I go through once a month. Got my ticket in Lawty, however.
Margie

Apopka, FL

#4 Jun 28, 2007
I live in Starke an I want to tell you rednecks or not=there is a reason why the speed limit is inforced in this area.You can do the attitude thing all you want it's not going to change how many accidents are on this road,an how many people get killed.In one month 3 people were killed just above the flea market.Do as you please,an make fun, if you don't take it serious your trip may end in Waldo and you'll be sporting a pine box on the way home!!
slow poke

Columbus, GA

#5 Oct 20, 2007
i totally agree speeding is not good for the public but if u go like 1 or 3 miles over the limit if u keep looking at ur speedo ur gonna crash any way looking at it.i lived in florida like 10 years now and the police in newyork are not as ticket happy as these ticket jocks are. lets face it since theygot those lovley new shiny laserguns our radar detectors are for the garbage they just dont alert at all.its all about money and how there gonna make it as quickly as the can.i do love florida great state nice people but the police are ticket jocks, END OF STORY!! LOL
slow poke

Columbus, GA

#6 Oct 20, 2007
Thank god for laser jammers and viel laser paint lol
Just Ice

Gainesville, FL

#7 Jan 29, 2009
slow poke wrote:
Thank god for laser jammers and viel laser paint lol
No one gets a ticket for 1 or 2 miles over the speed limit. Florida law mandates only "warning" tickets can be written up to 5 miles over the limit(no fine).Waldo does not even bother to write tickets until speeders are over 10 miles over the limit.(Florida law mandates lower fines between 5-10
miles over. Check Waldos records and check state law.
none ya

United States

#8 Jan 30, 2009
Waldo sits on 301 and the people deserve to be protected from those who choose to fly through their town and IGNORE speed limit. Try slowing down and smell the roses if not be prepared to pay a ticket.
It is NOT a speed trap if speed limit signs are posted especially with yellow flags as a warning.
Can you imagine a pedestrian being hit by one of the thousands of 18 wheelers using 301 daily?

“Shoot to kill”

Since: Aug 09

Gainesville, FL

#9 Sep 29, 2009
none ya wrote:
Waldo sits on 301 and the people deserve to be protected from those who choose to fly through their town and IGNORE speed limit. Try slowing down and smell the roses if not be prepared to pay a ticket.
It is NOT a speed trap if speed limit signs are posted especially with yellow flags as a warning.
Can you imagine a pedestrian being hit by one of the thousands of 18 wheelers using 301 daily?
You are an dum azz
thomaschuck4

United States

#10 Nov 21, 2009
the young cop they got there is a regular p----he thinks he is mr macho manbut really is a d--- head
thomaschuck4

United States

#11 Nov 21, 2009
the young cop they havethere is a complete d---head must think his uniform gives him super powersjust a PUNK
thomaschuck4brig hton fla

United States

#12 Nov 21, 2009
the dog they have is smarter than the cops in waldo
george

United States

#13 Nov 21, 2009
thomaschuck4brighton fla wrote:
the dog they have is smarter than the cops in waldo
true barney fife should be chief
george

United States

#14 Nov 21, 2009
POLICE CHIEF IS ABOUT AS BAD AS THE PEOPLE HE ARRESTS FOR CRIME WITH HIS BACKGROUND HE SHOULDNT EVEN BE CHIEF SHOULD BE A JANITOR OR SOMETHING
newstogod

Gainesville, FL

#15 Nov 28, 2009
Come to Haile Plantation friends have had tickets for blinking head lights and less than 3 seconds stops -- I swear true. Getting to be a police state.

“This too shall pass”

Since: Dec 06

Small Town, USA

#16 Dec 3, 2009
Maybe I'm lucky, but I worked in Waldo for a year, and NEVER got a ticket.We all went um, very quickly down 301 until we got to Waldo. Then it was strictly following the letter of the law.I didn't mind slowing down for a few miles. I think a town has the right to decide if they want to enforce the limit. It isn't as if there is no warning before one arrives.
eiafdxp19

Asheville, NC

#17 Mar 17, 2010
Just a comment ('Margie' and 'none ya' are obviously locals), but let me tell you, out-of-staters see a 35-MPH sign, but then turn right on 24 with no 'school zone' warning sign in sight, then flashing lights for 'speed limit 15 when flashing' and it's 12:40 pm. Get real! You do 31 and 20 feet in front of you is this sign! I don't think this is 'flying thru town'. I think this is a rip-off duly documented by AAA. And yes, I can read the speed trap signs on 301 southbound. And double-yes, I will never-ever again grace the vicinity of Lawtey or Waldo. No wonder it's poverty-stricken, god-forsaken place. And I will make sure anybody and everybody I can contact will be made aware of it.
wot90s

Orange Park, FL

#18 Mar 18, 2010
Yea, I agree they are a little to quick on the draw. But, the town is slowing down too. so it will be gone in a few years, and the cop will have to find another day job.
But, watch out for the red lights between Starke and Waldo. Go a macho guy in a couple different color Chargers with his fancy lights. He does like his job, I go thru every Monday AM and Pm, and he always , always has one stopped giving tickets.

So. watch for him.
dreamcatcher

Lake City, FL

#19 Mar 23, 2010
Ah, Waldo's loss will be Hampton's gain. One of the main reasons the DOT is even considering a bypass of Starke is the continued presence of those yokels in Starke, Lawtey, Hampton and Waldo. It's odd, but I live in lake Butler, and even our out of state has picked up in recent years. Why? because SR 121 makes a dandy bypass from I-10 down to I-75 (34th Street becomes Williston, and dead ends into Williston Road less than 500 feet from I-75 in Gainesville......Makes you want to buy an ultralight.
SGregory

Palmetto, FL

#20 Apr 17, 2010
Did you contest your ticket. I received a ticket yesterday for 394.00. I was going 30 in the 15 mile per hour school zone. We were being extra careful so I am frustrated. We totally missed the school zone sign.
eiafdxp19 wrote:
Just a comment ('Margie' and 'none ya' are obviously locals), but let me tell you, out-of-staters see a 35-MPH sign, but then turn right on 24 with no 'school zone' warning sign in sight, then flashing lights for 'speed limit 15 when flashing' and it's 12:40 pm. Get real! You do 31 and 20 feet in front of you is this sign! I don't think this is 'flying thru town'. I think this is a rip-off duly documented by AAA. And yes, I can read the speed trap signs on 301 southbound. And double-yes, I will never-ever again grace the vicinity of Lawtey or Waldo. No wonder it's poverty-stricken, god-forsaken place. And I will make sure anybody and everybody I can contact will be made aware of it.

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