6.18.2009

Welcome To "Speed Trap, USA"

From the Update.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

ticket sales must be down, how about a few more 4 way stops. that ought to bring in the revenue.

Anonymous said...

just when i started to think people in bridgeport had brains, they go an do this? IDIOTS!!!

Anonymous said...

cheap cheap cops.
rinky dink cops.

Anonymous said...

I dont know WHY people have to blame the officers??? It's the "city council" of which the "community" VOTES for that make the rules...but I know some always want to blame someone else.

Anonymous said...

That's actually an increase from 10th St to Overland. It is currently 40 mph; and 55 past that, going up to 60
The people that are complaining about the speed limits being lowered are the same ones that drive too fast through there now. Boo hoo

Anonymous said...

Police enforce the laws not make them.

Double fake Joe Friday #714

Anonymous said...

Double Fake Joe Friday: Yes they enforce them, but Bridgeport does it with a WHOLE BUNCH OF PASSION which is typical of them small town cops

Anonymous said...

Don't blame the Bridgeport PD. It is the know all Bridgeport City Council that did this. Time for a change?

Anonymous said...

That's right......The officers had nothing to do with it......YOU IDIOT!!

Anonymous said...

When will construction begin on Brookshires? We need a good grocery store in this county. I hope it has a good deli.

Denney Crane said...

We get to drive faster in more undeveloped areas... I think it's great! There's nothing wrong with these limits.

You wouldn't have a problem with it if you pulled out on 380 at McDonalds on a daily basis. The 18 wheelers barrel through there and can potentially wipe out an entire family.

That being said, the leadership in Bridgeport, from the City Council to the leaders in the police department leave much to be desired.

Anonymous said...

People who hate their speed to be regulated are the same people who put cheap fake plastic flowers by our roadways when their children die. You go through your fake crying and tears and then speed on down the road.

Anonymous said...

Yaawwwnnnnnn......aaaaaaah

Anonymous said...

Amen, 9:46: time for a change in B'port City Council members for a number of reasons! Seems private interests on that council have over-ridden public welfare in recent decisions.

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I am wrong but...

Not Speeding = no ticket

Speeding = ticket

Why is this this such a problem with some of you? Are you saying that you want to break the law and get away with it? If you speed, take your medicine.

Anonymous said...

Won't somebody please think of the childruuuun?!?!?

Crane, if fatty didn't eat at McDonalds, you wouldn't have the problem of having to dodge the trucks.

Anonymous said...

Its 40 mph from 101 to McDonald's, then 30 mph from McDonalds to the Best Western, then 50 mph for exactly the next 6.5 white center lines, then 35 mph until you get even with the first modular class room at the B'port Middle School, then down to 20 mph until you get the next mail box on your right, then 60 mph until the cement plant, then 20 mph in front the Greystone Inn and then 62.5 mph until you get to the Devon office.

After that, 70 all the way to Decatur.

Double Fake Texas DOT

Anonymous said...

If we are speeding, we deserve a ticket, well maybe a warning the first time, but don't blame the police for the speed zones. Heap it on the City Fathers.

Anonymous said...

I have never gotten a speeding ticket in Bridgeport or Runaway Bay. It seems like only people driving too fast get pulled over.

Anonymous said...

PD needs to focus on the semis and rock haulers, not the private cars going 5 miles over the limit. It's the trucks that are the major danger on 380, both east and west. Leave the private cars alone unless we're speeding WAAAAY over, like 85-90. Otherwise, I consider it harassment.

Anonymous said...

10:17, may you never lose a child. fake crying???? - - YOU are a real low life, scum sucking, loser!

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have a problem with following the law except that almost on a daily basis I see an officer with no sirens or lights on and speeding. These are the same officers that will turn around and write you a speeding ticket. My question do they write themselves a ticket too?

Anonymous said...

I've heard these same old worn-out arguments for over 30 years about Bridgeport city government---usually made by those who steadfastly refuse to serve their communties in any capacity that does not benefit their back pocket directly. You only speak out against anything which may threaten to bring change of any kind into your lives and never, ever have a positive thing to say about the town you call home.

Anonymous said...

how do you know they are not going to a silent alarm call or something like that where they don't want who ever might be there to know they are coming. there are a lot of reasons they might be going over the speed limit. I have also never been stopped by a city cop for going 5 over the limit. have been by several troopers though.

Anonymous said...

They LOVE to catch you to feather their own pockets and get acclaim for the number of speeders they can pull over. They need to focus on the real issues and leave the drivers alone unless they're far over the limit. Runaway Bay's the WORST! $$$$$

Anonymous said...

Yes mam once we realize we've broken the law we immediately pull over and issue a citation to ourselves and then after a good stern talking to,we bring ourselves back into alignment with the state laws and proceed with much more caution.

We will in some extreme instances,bring our Tasers to full power and give our nuts a quick burst and that usually clears everything up.

Anonymous said...

2:43: if only that were true, about the nuts, especially....

Anonymous said...

2:12, I hope I never have to go through my child dying as a result of excessive speed or cause someone else to go through it. So, to this end, I try to obey the speed limits and teach my children to respect the laws that regulate speed. In a democracy the majority can force a speed limit on those who do not want one or who feel they have superior judgement in deciding how fast they should be able to drive.

Speed limits are set based on road design and how developed the adjacent property is. A divided roadway in a rural area would tend to have a higher speed limit than a narrow winding residential street. Each of us can understand that. As real estate along US 380 in Bridgeport becomes more and more developed, the speed limits will continue to drop. "Design Speed" is used by state and local authorities to establish speed limits.

People continued to die at SH 114 and FM 2123 until the stupid people at TXDOT realized that large trucks on the curved downhill grade could not stop within the sight distance and frequently people were killed. I do not believe, other than the police officer who was killed by a fleeing driver, that anyone has been killed once the speed was reduced at this location. Each of us who use that section of roadway gave up a couple of seconds of our time each day so that hopefully another Bridgeport High School student will not die there.

Anonymous said...

I love cities that go nuts on speeding tickets. To me, it is a form of voluntary taxation that, if not collected, would raise my nonvoluntary taxes.

Anonymous said...

Just remember we dont have quotas, we can write as many as we want!!!!

Anonymous said...

Speed limit are about living or dying.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight...

The police are to blame for the speed limits AND they are to blame for writing you tickets when you speed? All of this is because of poor leadership at Bridgeport Police Department because it is padding their pockets somehow? Then we throw in McDonalds and grieving families to back up your argument? Oh, and they are only supposed to pull over you normal people who aren't driving a rock hauler that are going over 80 miles an hour?

Seriously people...

The police took an oath to uphold the law. They don't make the laws. They also don't get bonuses based on their ticket writing either or raises based on the income those tickets produce.

The lawbreakers always blame the cops not the lawmakers.

Signed,

A pissed of cop wife who's never seen a bonus check

Anonymous said...

You cop's wives are just way too testy and too close to the forest to see the trees. There are many great ones, but many grown up bullies who give the others a bad name. Not all cops are decent human beings...some enjoy the power way too much. Those are the ones we are addressing here.

Anonymous said...

citizen's arrest!! citizen's arrest!!

double fake gomer pyle

Anonymous said...

THE NEW SPEED TRAP IS HWY 380 FROM DECATUR TO DENTON CO. LINE(60mph)WATCH OUT FOR TOM B. I THINK HE WILL HAVE A WOODY OVER THIS.

Anonymous said...

All right you guys! Yes, the cops are tough here, yes the speed zones are stupid on 380. But let me tell you, I have needed help from these officers and they were there for me 100% and in record time.

If I break the speed limit and they write me a ticket, so be it. They are fine,upstanding officers as far as I'm concerned.

I don't even know but maybe 2 by name, but have nothing but praise for them.

So, 3:29, be proud of your husband, whomever he may be.

Denney Crane said...

Dearest pissed of cop's wife,

I have not blamed the police for anything. My kid goes to McDonalds regularly and I was making a point that if the speed limit was higher there, it would be much more dangerous pulling out than it already is. Please don't think my examples are used to blame the police, they happen to be my friends!

I agree that people who speed should not be upset with the police when they get a ticket because they are just doing their job. However, revenues received by the city from officers giving citations creates a large amount of revenue. Let me assure you, everyone, council and officers, look very closely at those numbers!

Anonymous said...

3:05 ( and I assume also you are 10:17), your comments make no apology for your 10:17 statements. How DARE you make any kind of remarks like you did about people who lose their children on the road. YOU ARE AN IDIOT on top of being a real low life, scum sucking, loser! I'm sorry, but your "fake crying" comment over a child's death is just about the worst remark I have ever heard! You certainly better hope karma doesn't come after you!!!

Anonymous said...

Getting a ticket for speeding does nothing to me. I make lots of money. Write em a check - make them feel important like their doing their job, keeping us safe...ya know the whole putting their lives on the line for us bit yada,yada, yada - and go on your way.

Anonymous said...

The last I heard is that a city has no jurisdiction over speed limits on state highways within their city limits unless they participated in the construction/improvement funding.

Anonymous said...

2:19 says "You only speak out against anything which may threaten to bring change of any kind into your lives and never, ever have a positive thing to say about the town you call home."
2:19 You are exactly right. Some people in Runaway Bay are only trying to bring the City down. They are so negative about everything. It is embarassing when new people come into contact with them. They need to move on to another city where they might find someone who likes them.

Anonymous said...

Runaway Bay has a speed limit of 55 all the way through it. That is not a speed trap. It is not hard to set your cruise control on 55 and drive right through town. It doesn't take alot of brains to figure that one out.

Anonymous said...

Some of these comments depress me.
--Double Fake, the 1/2 of Wise County With a Brain

Anonymous said...

Is D O T going to raise the speed limit on 380 once they get the clay balls dug out of it.Are the same people going to be over the new widening if 380.If they had'nt of had to grind it level they would'nt have found most of them.

Anonymous said...

Here is some interesting information on who has authority over speed limits:

http://www.tml.org/legal_pdf/SpeedLimits.pdf

Anonymous said...

They should form a TAKS force to go after those speeders.

Anonymous said...

If your from another state and don't have a front license plate they pull you over all the time. Ridiculous. Can't you wait and look at the butt of the car and see their from out of state?
Your so boring...

Anonymous said...

3:45 PM.. you do have a maximum amount of revenue you can collect from traffic citations. So there technically is a quota "not to be exceeded". The Government code for GENERAL LAW cities does controls what percentage of revenue you can receive come from citations. Too bad B'port you voted against HOME RULE. Remmember???

Anonymous said...

TAKS Force

T-Take
A-Action
K-Kill
S-Speeders

Anonymous said...

I just think its silly to blame the cops for doing their jobs. Are there jerky cops out there? Of course there are. But, I can say that I've never been pulled over for no reason at all. If I get a warning, great...if I get a ticket, I take care of it. My defense has never been "its a speed trap and you're an as&hole, bully, power hungry jerk, and you should be going after people worse than me".

What I really don't understand is what everyone is griping about. It looks to me that they've raised the speed limits through Bridgeport. TXDOT makes their recommendations for speed limits with the public's safety in mind not revenue that could be generated from ticket writing. To imply that the PD somehow receives any revenue from this is just ignorant. I mean, if they did, wouldn't everyone get a ticket?

So, 3:36, you're damn right I get testy when people blame the police for doing their jobs. They are overworked, underpaid, and leave their homes each morning knowing there's a chance they won't come home. They do this to protect people like you and I promise, they don't do it for the money. For you or anyone else to insinuate that they are "cheap, rinky-dink, power hungry, quota filling, bullies" that somehow benefit financially from writing tickets is absurd.

You call them jerks when they pull you over in a "speed trap". These same cops are your "heroes" when you need them. I doubt that if you had an emergency, you would hesitate to call 911 because you think they are as&holes. How you think you can dictate which part of their job is necessary is beyond me.

Signed,
Pissed off cops wife that hopes you get a speeding ticket today because you're an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Hey lady 9:12, cops aren't the only people who work hard for the benefit of others. They aren't the only ones who risk their lives, either. It's not that I don't appreciate them, cuz I do, but I get really sick of hearing them talk like they're the only people in the free world who are the heroes. There are heroes in EVERY career, people who risk their lives, who sacrifice, and who make a difference. Cops chose their profession. That doesn't make them any more heroic OR their lives any more valuable than the rest of us. So get off it.

Anonymous said...

The speed limits and your willingness to obey them may decide if you and your children live or die. That is basically the whole reason that speed limits exist and that is the reason our fine police officers are asked to enforce them.

Some of the factors that are considered in setting a speed limit include: Sight distance, grade, road design, cross traffic, density of adjacent development, schools, etc. Each of these relate to safety.

Please slow down and give a few seconds of your day so that our roads will be safe.

Anonymous said...

a simple reality check if you speed you will get a ticket or warning if you follow the speed limit you will not get one. as far as budget issues go only a very small protion of the budget may come from traffic violations as dictated by the state. i agree with the fact that they need to crack down harder on the rock and water haulers since they seem to be the worst violators espically the ones that are owned by hispanics. hispanics ownes trucks by my own experience are operated at a dangerous level higher than that of others on the road

Anonymous said...

most people who choose to become cops do it so they can feel powerful over other people, they love to carry guns and taser grandma's and children if'n they get the chance. and they hassle people who smoke pot a lot, cops couldn't hack it in the real world.

Anonymous said...

Every time I hear police run a drivers license for, let's say "Juan Gomez" they always refer to them as white males as opposed to other races in which they say black, asian, etc...?? is there some reason they never use the term hispanic or mexican.?

Anonymous said...

To 10:57

Yes there is a reason you hear white male when a hispanic is run though dispatch that you hear on your scanner. It is because DPS enters hispanics as white in the database and there is not a designated hispanic. Call and complain to Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin Texas if you are offended.

Anonymous said...

One time right after Band Camp, I heard the Po-Po run Jose then they ran his brother Hose B.

Anonymous said...

Moral of the story is, everyone will always find something to complain about. You complain if you get a ticket, you complain about gas prices, you complain about your spouse, you complain about your dog or someone else's taking a dump in your yard. It is human nature for someone to complain. Get over it. If you don't like it here in the us, move to Iraq or somewhere else out of our Country and bitch about it there. I think you will want to come back to the U.S.

Anonymous said...

Also if you really want to hear someone complain, go to a RB council or other meeting and you will see at least two folks there with the initials of WP and PP AKA PJ that prove this theory. That is what retired life is all about for some. Complain, complain, complain.

Signed RB resident.

Anonymous said...

I have no problem with speed limits and following the laws, but seriously, 6 (or maybe more) different speed limits within just a few miles seems LUDRICOUS!
How long did it tame someone to dream this concoction up?

Anonymous said...

My Fathers Day Tribute: Poor old grandfather that worked the coal mines and rock crushers in and around the "town" all of his life. He could not pronounciate the word "Bridgeport", it would always be said as "Bitchport". What is sad is that after his life of 94 years that ended in 1996, the pronounciation should be displayed on a green sign with white letters as u drive into "town".
GOOD GOD, quit whining and drive safely. We will all meet at the same party when u get there safely. Abide by the ten rules and follow the signs along the way, it's not that to hard follow. If u can't follow the signs along the way make your check payable to; "Town of Bitchport" (that's what GRANDPA did).
Thank's Grandpa Hunn.....

The 109, GO BPD.