Speed Trap Leaves Bad Impression


Dear Editor:

On Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, my wife, brother-in-law and his wife, and I were traveling from Delaware to Florida for a nice vacation. We were traveling through Eastville on U.S. Route 13, following three Virginia cars. The speed dropped to 55 miles an hour. I noticed a patrol car in the median facing the opposite direction we were going.

I applied my brakes but noticed the three cars ahead of me continued at their current pace (approximately 65 miles an hour). Immediately, the patrol car swung around and turned on his lights. I pulled over immediately. He stated that he was pulling me over for going 70 in a 55. I didn’t argue with him, but I do know that I wasn’t going anywhere near 70. I took the ticket and continued on our way. Normally, I wouldn’t write a letter to the editor over something like this, but the following things took place which made me stop and wonder – what’s up with this?

Before I got home to Delaware on the following Sunday, I had received six letters from six different attorneys in that area all offering to help me get the ticket thrown out. In fact, one of the attorney’s letter stated the following: “Court records show that you were ticketed during a massive speeding enforcement effort in Northampton County, Virginia that has resulted in THOUSANDS of citizens being charged with speed-related offenses. MOST of those tickets were written to out-of-state drivers.” One of the attorney letters stated the Judge by name and that the Judge frequently dismisses speeding tickets like this one.

I paid this ticket immediately upon returning home from Florida. It just seems wrong that if you get stopped in this county, that I would receive so many unsolicited letters from attorneys. Also, I need to mention that I lived in another part of Virginia from 1987 to 1992 and received a ticket in a different county. I never received any unsolicited letters then.

There is something very wrong with this and leaves a very bad taste in my mouth where your county is concerned.

Jim Powers
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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