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#1 May 15, 2010
we came through your friendly little town. Even though we were only driving about 40 miles an hour we got ourselves a $ 200 speeding ticket. other texas drivers were speeding past us, but they were not stopped. We will make sure to avoid this town in the future. Next time we'll do a a search for texas speed traps before we leave home.
#2 Nov 24, 2010
speed limit is 30. through Muenster lowest is 35, through Lindsay lowest is 50. there should be more uniformity.
#3 Jun 21, 2011
Last year, my husband and I were returning home from his last chemo therapy session at Texas Oncology in Denton. Our spirits were up because we were elated to be finished with chemo. As I approached St. Jo, I began slowing down because I had seen the police watching the highway very closely over the months that we had been going to Denton.
I had already slowed to 45 mph as my husband became ill from the chemo. He hadn't eaten anything at lunch because he wanted to get home before he got sick from the chemo, but obviously, we didn't make it home in time. At any rate, my attention was diverted from the speed limit to his health. I began asking him if he wanted me to stop at the Dairy Queen so that he could get something to eat or drink. He decided that he wanted to go on home before he got worse so that he could just go to bed when we got home.
As we passed the Dairy Queen, I returned my attention to the speed limit realizing that I had to reduce my speed by 10 miles an hour in a big hurry because I was in a 35 mph zone. As I was returning my attention to my driving, I was passed by a car going faster than I was, and at the exact same moment that I was being passed, I looked across the highway to the service station where I had seen the police sitting on many occasions. Sure enough, the police car was there and it's lights immediately came on as it was approaching the highway. I thought to myself that the policeman was probably going after the car that had just passed me because he was exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 miles.
Unfortunately, it was me that he stopped. He asked me if I had a reason for exceeding the speed limit by 10 mph. I honestly said that I was talking to my husband and that I was distracted. He already had my license in hand, and as soon as I replied, he took my license and went back to his car. I thought it rather strange that he didn't give me time to explain that my husband was sick and that he didn't ask me what I was talking about that was so important that it distracted me from my driving.
While the policeman was in his car doing whatever he was doing, my husband was getting sicker, and he was getting upset with me because every time but this one time my husband was always telling me to watch my speed carefully through St. Jo because it was becoming a speed trap of sorts. I guess that my husband was also upset because he knew that we couldn't afford the price of the ticket because we had already spent thousands of dollars on cancer tests, surgeries and treatments. At any rate, when the policeman finally came back to the car, he already had my ticket written out except for asking my phone number and getting my signature. As an honest citizen, I felt like there was nothing to do but sign the ticket because I had been speeding by 10 mph even though I felt like there was good cause since my husband was sick. Since it was too late, I never said anything to the policeman.
When I mailed in my $173.00 check, I explained the circumstances in my letter to which I received no reply. I thought about appearing in person and appealing, but I was busy taking care of my husband and my elderly mother.
The policemen need to do a better job of talking to the people whom they stop, especially when it is a senior citizen (age 60) like myself. I was very nice to the officer, but I thought that he had done a very poor job in letting someone else who was speeding more than I was speeding off the hook just because he had already passed by and I was the easier catch because I was in the process of slowing down.
#4 Jun 21, 2011
all you criminals need to just stay out of small towns, you don't belong here and we don't want your kind around here. But come on down to the Germanfest and spend all your money on our overpriced beer, and I'll be happy to slap you with a DWI on your way home. That way the whole town wins, and the only loser is...you.
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