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Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8:01 pm

‘Speed traps’
wrong for UC
To The Editor:
I read with great interest the front page article about the new mobile speed violation monitoring systems being used by the Union City Police Department in the Aug. 24 edition of The Messenger.
Let’s call them what they really are. They are unmarked mobile speed traps and cash registers for the city. They will not slow people down and, in fact, will make the streets less safe. I, for one, will be too busy watching the sides of the road ahead of me for these unmarked mobile speed traps instead of watching my speedometer, my driving and my fellow drivers around me. My wife will be the first to tell  you that I don’t need another distraction while I am driving.
Assistant Chief Barfield stated in the article that the police are allowing a certain tolerance of the posted speed, but how are we to know what the “gray area” is? At least with the traffic light cameras, we were told upfront that the rear wheels of our vehicle had to pass the white line before the light turned red.
The article spoke of the unmarked mobile speed traps’ use on Everett Boulevard (aka, the Goodyear bypass to most of us). That’s going to be a real cash cow for the city. I have traveled on it every day for over ten years going to work and usually end up making about two or more round trips per day. Since Aug. 16, when the unmarked mobile speed traps began being used, I have already seen them sitting on either side of the bypass around the Second Baptist Church and Discovery Park area several days. I did not know what they were at first, but figured that’s what they were after a couple of trips.
Depending on the “gray area” I will probably be receiving my warning tickets any day now. I know the speed limit is 45 on the bypass to keep people from going 65 to 70 mph, but the fact is that nobody drives 45 on it. NOBODY! I have passed by Union City Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol cars with their radar set up countless times while driving 50 to 55 mph and never had them give me a second look. While I was driving my usually 50 to 55 mph, I have been passed by UCPD, THP and sheriff cruisers on patrol, so I know they were going faster than the speed limit and me.
We should not forget how this will affect tourists that pass through our town. City and county executives all get excited when talking about the I-69 that will pass through Union City and the dollars it will bring. Think about how that tourist will feel three weeks after passing through Union City when they get their $50 reminder of their visit from the UCPD.
If they ever pass through our fair town again, I’ll bet they  won’t stop to spend a penny here no matter how many upscale restaurants we have.
In closing, I wish every resident of Union City would call their city council member and ask them not to use these unmarked mobile speed traps. If you are a city council member, I hope that when you get your speeding ticket, that you just pay up and don’t go to the city judge to dismiss it. After all, you voted for them.
Jamey Andrews
Union City
Published in The Messenger 9.1.10

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