Do The Citizens of Gautier Have Any Privacy Rights?!

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Emily Lowe

Meridian, ID

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Feb 3, 2009
 
I am young person whom still lives at home with my parents. My mom is a RN at Singing River Hospital and my dad is a City of Gautier employee. Not too long ago i got pulled over for expired tag for my second time(YES, I know I need to get it renewed). The first time I had to set up a payment plan for my ticket and by the time I recieved the second ticket it was time to pay my $100 for the first one. NOW the big deal of this story.. My dad being a city employee saw me going into city hall for court, which is now at 1:30 in the afternoon, and he asked me what i was going to court for. I told him what it was for but today, one day later my dad walked into city hall and talked to the court clerk who is one of my dads co-workers and friends and she gives my dad every single bit of my information! From ticket uno to me having to pay $100. Is this right?!?! I'm sure it can't be legal because city employees have said to me it wasn't! I'm seriously considering going to city hall tomorrow and filing a complaint on this employee!!
Jesse Allen

Moss Point, MS

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Jun 16, 2011
 
This is interesting. I was told that my ticket would be 220 dollars and this is 2011. That is quite an increase from what Emily has to pay. We already know why the speed limits are set so ridiculously low in parts of the town. Now they are gouging for expired tags. I would love to know the per kappa revenue in Gautier, from tickets, compared to other towns in the country. I used to run that section of Vancleave road from Fayards past the crane refuge at 60 and 70 MPH when it was not much more than a logging trail on two wheels, now it is a paved 4 way most of the way, no houses or business on it and the limit is 40. Unbelievable.
Court Side

Ocean Springs, MS

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Jun 16, 2011
 
Not sure exactly what info the clerk gave him, but it would seem that since they call a person's name out loud in court, announce your charges, the verdict (guilty or not) then the fine, you really don't have much privacy on the matter. I've seen in the county court house where they post the day's dockets on the wall so you know which court room to go to. I think this is all considered "public record". No different than the newspaper getting the arrest log and putting it in the paper.

Now if the clerk gave him info that the police officer might collect such as social security number, etc, that might be protected. I believe that any arrest report is available to the public, but certain information (such as SSN) must be removed/hidden. The only privacy laws in place deal with the names of certain crime victims such as sexual assault, children, etc.

BTW, get a tag, quit paying those crazy fines.
Rebecca

Ocean Springs, MS

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Jun 16, 2011
 
I, too, am curious as to why the speed limit on the north side of gautier-vancleave road is 40. From martin bluff intersection, it should be a more reasonable speed as there are only scarce businesses. Why is it so low ?
Court Side

Ocean Springs, MS

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Jun 16, 2011
 
I thought if a road has a state or US highway designation, the speed limit is set by the MDOT. Cities can petition for speed increase or decrease, but ultimately it is set by the state. County roads are another matter.

The type surface, grade, curves (and straightaways), are used to dictate the speed limit. They then take into account traffic count, accident and fatality data to determine whether a change is in order. Same with the placement of stop lights, etc. The number of curb cuts (driveways, especially to businesses) also can impact the approved speed limits and traffic control devices.

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