speed trap in marble falls

speed trap in marble falls

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Phillip Davis

Corpus Christi, TX

#1 Jan 12, 2007
I was returning from Dallas to Corpus via 281 and your fair city with my 3 kids and wife loaded with presents when your "Rent a Cop" video van snapped my mugshot. I assure you I was not driving recklessly through your town.

This entire hidden camera shenanigans is downright Communistic if you want my opinion. The City Council that voted to get in bed with the company Nestor and make money for the city coffers out to be shamed out of office. Did you know that Nestor receives $25 for every ticket? Talk about corrupt conflict-of-interest. This is blantant crony capitalism at its worse. A for profit company in cahoots with a government so they can both soak the public they were meant to serve.

I assure you this bad experience sours visitors to your city. I was telling the wife what a joy 281 route is compare to I35, but now I will not be returning via Marble Falls and will certainly never patronize any businesses there. I highly recommend you voice your displeasure at this arrangement.

Cordially,

Phillip Davis
Chief Warrant Officer

Verona, VA

#2 May 2, 2007
I agree, what a lousy way to end a buisness trip in Killeen Texas. I was traveling from Killeen to San Antonio to visit family before flying out for my duty station. Marble Falls flashed me on a tri-pod camera! Why? The entire leg of my trip on 281 I did not exceed the speed limit except for brief periods of acceleration to clear traffic. What a bunch of crap!
Marble Falls Citizen

Johnson City, TX

#3 May 23, 2007
[Yeah, its not your family that lives here that you out of towners feel the need to endanger as you fly through OUR city. You wouldn't have gotten a ticket if you were not going at LEAST 10mph over the speed limit. Speed through your own town and endanger your own citizens. Stay away from my child!]
Phillip Davis wrote:
I was returning from Dallas to Corpus via 281 and your fair city with my 3 kids and wife loaded with presents when your "Rent a Cop" video van snapped my mugshot. I assure you I was not driving recklessly through your town.
This entire hidden camera shenanigans is downright Communistic if you want my opinion. The City Council that voted to get in bed with the company Nestor and make money for the city coffers out to be shamed out of office. Did you know that Nestor receives $25 for every ticket? Talk about corrupt conflict-of-interest. This is blantant crony capitalism at its worse. A for profit company in cahoots with a government so they can both soak the public they were meant to serve.
I assure you this bad experience sours visitors to your city. I was telling the wife what a joy 281 route is compare to I35, but now I will not be returning via Marble Falls and will certainly never patronize any businesses there. I highly recommend you voice your displeasure at this arrangement.
Cordially,
Phillip Davis
Bye Bye Speed Van

San Antonio, TX

#4 May 24, 2007
To the Marble Falls Citizen--total bull crap...my husband who is an officer was driving through and we got a ticket for going 5 miles over. Which is ridiculous. But thanks to his call and others, they made it illegal. Whoo hoo! Justice Served!
Marlbe Falls Resident

Marble Falls, TX

#5 May 25, 2007
Seems to me that you are the type to blame your own misjudgment on someone else.
You should be ashamed that you were traveling faster than the safe speed for that portion of highway with your wife and three kids.
We have lost loved ones because of speeding folks just wanting to stay off IH 35.
Please pay attention to posted speed limits and you will not have your mug shot snapped.
Phillip Davis wrote:
I was returning from Dallas to Corpus via 281 and your fair city with my 3 kids and wife loaded with presents when your "Rent a Cop" video van snapped my mugshot. I assure you I was not driving recklessly through your town.
This entire hidden camera shenanigans is downright Communistic if you want my opinion. The City Council that voted to get in bed with the company Nestor and make money for the city coffers out to be shamed out of office. Did you know that Nestor receives $25 for every ticket? Talk about corrupt conflict-of-interest. This is blantant crony capitalism at its worse. A for profit company in cahoots with a government so they can both soak the public they were meant to serve.
I assure you this bad experience sours visitors to your city. I was telling the wife what a joy 281 route is compare to I35, but now I will not be returning via Marble Falls and will certainly never patronize any businesses there. I highly recommend you voice your displeasure at this arrangement.
Cordially,
Phillip Davis
Bye bye speed van

San Antonio, TX

#6 Jun 25, 2007
Gotta love it being found illegal! So ha!
Marlbe Falls Resident wrote:
Seems to me that you are the type to blame your own misjudgment on someone else.
You should be ashamed that you were traveling faster than the safe speed for that portion of highway with your wife and three kids.
We have lost loved ones because of speeding folks just wanting to stay off IH 35.
Please pay attention to posted speed limits and you will not have your mug shot snapped.
<quoted text>
LINDA SHEARMAN

Wichita Falls, TX

#7 Jun 27, 2007
WE PASS THROUGH MARBLE SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR, AROUND 10. TO DATE, NO TICKETS, BUT, THE TRAFFIC IN YOUR FAIR CITY IS JUST HORRIBLE!
THERE IS SO MUCH CONGESTION ESP. AROUND LUNCH TIME AND DINNER TIME. I GUESS TO BE EXPECTED.OTHER THAN THE TRAFFIC, WE LOVE MARBLE FALLS.
LINDA SHEARMAN
NORTH, TX.
Mike

United States

#8 Jun 28, 2007
Bye Bye Speed Van,

You and your husband should be ashamed of yourselves (as well, apparently now the judicial system in Marble Falls for being spineless).
The law is the law and no one should be above the law as it appears that your husband is. What a crying shame that you feel justice has been served since your husband's apparent position has gotten him free of what truly should have been justice served.

Here is a simple test to determine guilt:
1 What was the speed limit?
2 How fast was your husband going?
3 Was it faster than the posted speed limit?

ANSWER-If the speed limit that your husband was traveling was higher than the posted speed limit your husband was guilty. Plain and simple.

Is your husband's name O.J.?
bye bye speed van

San Antonio, TX

#9 Jun 28, 2007
Cry me a river. It has been ruled illegal. To answer your question, we were having to drive 4 hours to get to a hospital because my grandma was dying. Either way, if you get pulled over and you have an emergency such as that, THEY LET YOU GO. If speeding is such a bad thing, have the cops actually do their job instead of eating donuts. A cop in a box is worth nothing. And now they have to refund all the money that they ticketed for. So again...you are abusing your right to be stupid
Mike wrote:
Bye Bye Speed Van,
You and your husband should be ashamed of yourselves (as well, apparently now the judicial system in Marble Falls for being spineless).
The law is the law and no one should be above the law as it appears that your husband is. What a crying shame that you feel justice has been served since your husband's apparent position has gotten him free of what truly should have been justice served.
Here is a simple test to determine guilt:
1 What was the speed limit?
2 How fast was your husband going?
3 Was it faster than the posted speed limit?
ANSWER-If the speed limit that your husband was traveling was higher than the posted speed limit your husband was guilty. Plain and simple.
Is your husband's name O.J.?
Reason

Marble Falls, TX

#10 Jun 30, 2007
The reason the van was posted is because th amount of traffic that has increased in this area is huge. Our local officers cannot keep up. The location (281 & 2147) the van caught most speeders is a very dangerous spot. Out of towners regularly drive anywhere from 10 to 20 over the speed limit. I understand the frustration with the van but it will be back. The state just didn't like the fact that they were not making any money off of it. Next round the state will be involved. Besides if you break the law - your guilty - camera or no camera. Just slow down and the life you save just might be yours.
bye bye speedvan

San Antonio, TX

#11 Jun 30, 2007
It was found illegal. It will not be back. I agree that people need to slow down. We were going only 5 miles over but we had a family emergency. I understand getting a ticket for going 10 over but 5 is ridiculous.
Reason wrote:
The reason the van was posted is because th amount of traffic that has increased in this area is huge. Our local officers cannot keep up. The location (281 & 2147) the van caught most speeders is a very dangerous spot. Out of towners regularly drive anywhere from 10 to 20 over the speed limit. I understand the frustration with the van but it will be back. The state just didn't like the fact that they were not making any money off of it. Next round the state will be involved. Besides if you break the law - your guilty - camera or no camera. Just slow down and the life you save just might be yours.
Reason

Marble Falls, TX

#12 Jul 11, 2007
The van was only found illegal because the legislature said so. The buzz now is that they are interested in reversing the law and have the state buy,own and operate the equipment so they can free up DPS and make lots of money for the general fund. It will be back!
sally

San Antonio, TX

#13 Jul 11, 2007
And it will be gone again
Reason wrote:
The van was only found illegal because the legislature said so. The buzz now is that they are interested in reversing the law and have the state buy,own and operate the equipment so they can free up DPS and make lots of money for the general fund. It will be back!
MARK WHITEFORD

United States

#14 Jul 19, 2007
WHO DO I CALL TO GET MY REFUND! I GOT SNAPPED THREE TIMES, EACH ON TUESDAY MORNING AS I MADE MY WEEKLY COMUTE TO KILLEEN. IF IT WAS FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PUBLIC I WOUDNT MIND IT. HOWEVER HIDING IT ON A CURVE THAT HAS REDUCED SPEED FROM 70 TO 55 IN A SHORT DISTANCE IT BOLOGNA.
I GOT ALL THREE TICKETS ON THE SAME CURVE. AND DIDNT GET NOTIFIED UNTIL I HAD ALREADY HAD MY PICTURE SNAPPED THREE TIMES. I DONT BLAZE A TRAIL OF FLAMES THRU YOUR CITY, I JUST DONT LOCK UP MY BRAKES WHEN THE SPEED IS REDUCED.
A concerned citizen

Austin, TX

#15 Nov 8, 2007
This policy stinks..I( was thinking of investing in this area as well as retiring in this city/area but BS on that...
Linda Young

Gainesville, GA

#16 Jan 13, 2008
i use to live in Marble Falls, and the traffic is really bad and getting worse..I think anything that can reduce the speed there is great.. Just slow down.. thats all that is asked of you.
been there done that

Stephenville, TX

#17 Jun 1, 2009
Yep..I lived there for 18 years. Owned 2 businesses. Lived in a nice area, 3 kids, one hubby, 2 dogs. Watched over and over and over the city of Marble Falls harrass, pull over and ticket people who were simply minding their own business. Nothing like working for former chief of police, Greg Clark who had a daily ticket quota that his officers were made to keep. I can see nothing has changed except now its a camera in a van and a quota as well.
falsely ticketed

Austin, TX

#18 Sep 21, 2009
I was driving into MF last Wed. and was pulled over by a female police officer. I was doing 45mph and following a friend. She told me I was driving 57 in a 50. The ticket stated 67! I wasn't speeding. I never drove over 60 from Lago Vista. I don't speed. I have never gotten a ticket because I don't and didn't speed.
There were 3 cars in front of the police car and three in front of me and two behind me. She was driving toward me and had to do a U turn in the road to come up behind me. No way was I speeding. I believe in following the speed limit laws. I am a bus driver. I hate being falsely accused. I paid the ticket because it would cost more to fight it than pay it. I'm sick over the whole ordeal. I am the first to admit to wrong doing but I wasn't speeding. Looks like the female cop doesn't know how to operate the equipment or is trying to impress her boss.?

Since: Aug 10

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#19 Aug 6, 2010
Marble Falls Citizen wrote:
[Yeah, its not your family that lives here that you out of towners feel the need to endanger as you fly through OUR city. You wouldn't have gotten a ticket if you were not going at LEAST 10mph over the speed limit. Speed through your own town and endanger your own citizens. Stay away from my child!]<quoted text>
i was going to say about the same thing. i don't live there anymore i was out there about 20 years and work and texas granite. my wife at the time knew that there was two places that was a speed trap and she still got nailed. i took her car away from her and made her walk to court to pay the fine. only thing is the judge felt sorry that i took the car and she had to walk 4 blocks and dropped it all and want to jump my case and call and told her that it was her own falt.

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