Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Fwd: Speeding Myth

Update: Blogger email poster was down for two days. This is late but enjoy.

 
An e-mail in circulation across Tennessee warning of a 30-day speeding ticket frenzy beginning July 31 is just an urban myth, says the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The e-mail began in New Jersey and has made the rounds in several states. It appeared in its Tennessee version Monday in the Johnson City area and was being forwarded around Nashville and Murfreesboro by mid-week.

A close reading of it shows it's full of questionable information, says spokesman Melissa McDonald, such as: "The state of Tennessee estimates that 9 million dollars will be generated in speeding tickets. 1 million will go to pay state troopers overtime."

Tennessee state troopers are paid overtime out of allocated funds, not from tickets.

"We'd have to write 2 million tickets to get that much money, and we couldn't do that in 30 days if we tried," McDonald says. "We only keep $2-$5 per ticket, and the rest goes back to the county for their court costs."

Another hint that it's bogus is where the e-mail states that Tennessee has added 30 new Ford Crown Victoria cruisers to the state fleet, specifically for this campaign. As tight as the state budget is, McDonald says, the Tennessee Department of Safety hardly has the budget to buy a bunch of new cars.



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