Ludowici and Poulan, Notorious Georgi...

Ludowici and Poulan, Notorious Georgia Speed Traps

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#1 May 26, 2013
Ludowici and Poulan, Notorious Georgia Speed Traps

Ludowici and Poulan are notorious Georgia speed traps. Recently, the State of Georgia clamped down on Poulan, forcing an increase of the speed limit of 45 to 55 mph through this one-mile stretch of speed trap for motorists.

If you travel over to Poulan, GA on Highway 82 between Tifton and Albany, just East of Sylvester, was forced to remove the 45 mph signs that reduced the speed trap on that stretch of highway. It you exceed 55 mph, you are still at risk, but the state lowered the boom on that absurdity! That community has the following reputation:

"Poulan is notorious for its police department's speed trap tactics along six miles of GA Highway 82. In 2009 Poulan's tiny police force generated nearly $900,000 in fines and fees, a number comparable to a city 30 times its size. The per capita revenue from fines and fees is a mighty $1,019.15." Wikipedia

I have observed the same actions by law enforcement in Poulan!

Predatory ticketing has no business in law enforcement! We have a despicable and unethical community like Poulan, Georgia, with many other small towns seeking to earn that reputation.

"The city gained notoriety during the 1950s and 1960s for its aggressive traffic enforcement policies. The AAA went so far as to specifically label Ludowici as a speed trap.[citation needed] Before interstate highways were constructed, all motorists traveled on regular U.S. highways. Ludowici was at the crossroads of three U.S. highways, Routes 25, 82 and 301.[7]"

"Members of the local police force were allegedly engaging in manipulation of the timing of the traffic signal downtown, so as to catch unsuspecting out-of-area motorists 'running' a suddenly changed red light. The switch for the stop light was located in the barber shop. This activity subsequently came to an end, when then-Governor Lester Maddox stated that the practices of the Ludowici police were giving the entire state a bad reputation.[citation needed]"

"Word of mouth and media exposure caused many motorists to detour around Ludowici.[7] A 1970 TIME article said that Ludowici was "one of the last remaining speed traps in the country."[6] The traffic light was at an intersection that was bypassed by a shortcut (Main Street - see a local map) so that local residents would not even come to the light when making the turn at the light. Thus, all the tickets went to nonresidents without the police having to be selective since no locals would be at the light." Source: , Ga.

Ludowici remains a major speed trap! I drive through this small town regularly. I saw three active police cars patrolling a one mile area Memorial Day Weekend! I write patrolling as one officer has made a traffic stop and two officers were concealed as vehicles would be accelerating and leaving the jurisdiction of town. The emphasis is always on ticketing, and not on safety in this little hellhole, and it always has been!

Like Poulan and other communities that have focused on revenue, and have left their morals and their ethics behind, Ludowici uses law enforcement for the wrong purpose and this community abuses its power.

I do not understand why the State of Georgia does not intervene to stop these outrageous practices. If safety is the real concern, then let's add caution lights or stop lights to slow traffic.

I suggest that very large yellow median signs need to be placed on the outskirts of these communities to warn motorists that they are about to enter an area where speed limits are strictly enforced, to be interpreted as a speed trap.

By the way, how much confidence would you have in fighting a traffic ticket in Ludowici or in Poulan? Seriously!

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