Brad Henry has signed legislation to crack down on certain speed
traps in small Oklahoma towns that use them as moneymakers.
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.
earlier investigation by The Oklahoman revealed eight cities
and towns in the state get more than 50 percent of their money from
police fines, and at least 18 communities 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.
the new law, 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.
bill, which takes effect Nov. 1, also gives the commissioner the
authority to further investigate complaints of municipalities operating