A bill to crack
down on certain speed traps in small Oklahoma towns that use them
as moneymakers is headed to the governor. HB1456 zipped through the
House May 27 by a 91-8 vote, then passed the Senate 38-5 on May 28.
including Arkansas, Texas and Missouri, have passed laws to limit
the amount of money a community can keep from police fines, but
in Oklahoma, the sky is the limit. For that reason, towns like Stringtown,
Glenpool, Big Cabin, Caney, Valley Brook, Tushka, Asher and Watts
are well known to truckers and motorists alike.
are a number of areas across the state where we think traffic citations
are being abused," the bill's sponsor, House Speaker Larry
Adair, D-Stilwell, said in a statement.
an investigation by The Oklahoman, eight cities and towns in the
state get more than 50 percent of their money from police fines,
and at least 18 communities in the state get more than 26 percent
of their money from police fines.
could change all that. The bill could result in certain municipalities
losing the authority to write all those speeding tickets.
Under the bill,
the public safety commissioner would be given the power to take
local law enforcers off certain state highways and interstates and
reassign those roads to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
the bill would give the commissioner the authority to further investigate
complaints of municipalities operating speed traps.