2012-01-07 / Editorials & Letters

Writer defends ‘speed trap’ claim

Editor:

I want to respond to the two letters criticizing Kevin Gorham’s letter that ran in the December 17 Beacon.

Ms. Eskins did a very good job of defining “entrapment.” However, Mr. Gorham never used the word “entrapment” in his letter. Had Ms. Eskins googled “speed trap” - the words Mr. Gorham actually used, she would have found that the definition is “a stretch of road policed by often concealed officers or devices (as radar) so as to catch speeders.”

I am surprised that Ms. Turner has a hard time believing that increased traffic citations have an affect on area businesses. It wasn’t that long ago that business owners in Heath led a successful campaign against the red light/speeding cameras that they insisted had hurt their businesses.

I think both woman missed an important part of Mr. Gorham’s letter, the part where he states; “It looks like the southern end of 79 in Buckeye Lake is turning into a speed trap.”

He is talking about the police cruisers that hide in the drive beside the small building, just inside of the 35 mile per hour zone. What they are doing is catching people that don’t drop from 55 to 35 fast enough or people who get past the trailer park and Pet- Plex and increase their speed to 55 too soon.

In this area there are no pedestrians, bicyclists, young children, or businesses. If the true goal is to protect these groups of people and make the village safer, wouldn’t it make more sense to police the area between Creno’s Pizza and the Pizza Cottage and not the edge of town just feet from the where the speed limit changes from 55 to 35?

And for the record, I have never received a ticket from Buckeye Lake Police and have had one speeding ticket in 25 years and that was on I-75 in Boone County, Kentucky – oddly enough – just feet from where the 70 MPH speed limit changed to 60 MPH.

Mike Murphy
North Bank

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