'Speed cushion' could be a thing of the past
POSTED: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 6:29am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:00am
The 5-10 mile-per-hour cushion authorities give drivers may soon be disappearing, as city and state officials try to make up lost revenue.
A study by the National Motorists Association says more drivers are being pulled over, only going a couple miles over the speed limit.
But for one East Texas City, officials say, that is not the case.
Longview Police say, they have not experienced an increase in the number of speeding tickets, and it has always been up to the officer to issue a ticket.
"Generally speaking, it's up to the officer to have their own discretion about what speed they are going to write a citation for over the speed," said Officer Kevin Brownlee. "So, if the speed limit is forty-one, it may be 7 miles-per-hour, and one it may be 10 miles. It's their own personal decision on how much speed they are going to allow before they write a citation."
Longview Police say each jurisdiction is different on how their officers handle speeding violations.