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Questions remain about ordinances

In Mr. Bartel's reply to the "Speedtrap" editorial, the following issues and questions were not addressed:

1. What will be done to prevent town marshals from setting up speedtraps?

2. Was the original ordinance, passed by commissioners Bye, Schultz and Gilmore, properly passed according to Indiana Code?

3. If a law enforcement officer has a high-speed crash while enforcing an invalid ordinance, can the county be sued? The sheriff may need to consult attorney A. Howard Williams since a potential liability lawsuit may be insured.

4. Can a county, without a consolidated city, override Indiana statute by imposing its own fines?

5. The purpose of tickets is to promote safety by using fines, loss of points and higher insurance notes as a deterrent. What will happen when the only thing a reckless driver has to worry about is a $50 fine?

Following are issues not in the original letter:

1. The prosecutor's salary is paid by the state to prosecute state statutes, not local ordinances. The county attorney will need to prosecute tickets issued under local ordinances. Can the county afford to pay (her) $150 an hour to collect a $50 fine?

2. Per Lee Cable's 2011 article about the volume of tickets being issued in Crawford County, it became known that Clerk's Office was being severely strained due to workload. Will it be cost effective to issue more tickets when they might result in another $30,000 position being created?

4. In your reply, you stated a majority of counties do this already. Please name the counties that do so that do NOT have a consolidated city.

5. The Indiana State Police enforces Indiana statute. If a state trooper issues a speeding citation on a county road, whose rules apply?

6. The state issues a driver's license and only the state can take them away. What will happen to reckless repeat offenders?

7. On March 31, 2011, the commissioners passed ordinance 2010-053111 which established a fine of $50 for speeding on county roads and the fines collected to be deposited in the county's General Fund. Why are 10 new ordinances needed?

Any replies addressing the issues listed above will be appreciated.

In closing, one final comment. If the ordinances are passed, the newest bumper stickers in Crawford County will state "YOU CAN GO 60 IF YOU HAVE A 50."

Thank you for allowing me to exercise my right to free political speech.

Gary Robinson
Marengo, Ind.
July 03, 2012

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