New law would stop small town TN speed traps

A bill that would stop small town speed traps along Tennessee interstates is heading to Gov. Haslam's desk.

One town targeted by the legislation is Cornersville, which is south of Nashville.

Officers there patrol one mile of I-65. According to a state comptroller audit, the small town of 1,000 people gets 50% of its revenue -- nearly $250,000 -- from traffic citations, fines and fees.

City leaders say if they're not allowed to continue the traffic enforcement, there could be a property tax increase, layoffs and cuts in pay.

One lawmaker says small town departments shouldn't be allowed to police the interstate for profit.

"If they are making a decision and operating in a way solely based in the name of generating revenue, it's almost a self-fulfilling prophecy: the more people you pull over, the more money you can generate," said Rep. Bill Spivey, a Republican from Lewisburg.

"I do not know anywhere in the statues where it tells how many tickets to write, how few tickets to write," said town administrator Taylor Brandon.

The bill overwhelmingly passed both the House and Senate.


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