“This Town Exists Apparently Just to Write Speeding Tickets"
March 10, 2014 1:44 PM Subscribe
The small town of Hampton, Florida (pop. 477), is facing disincorporation
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after a state audit discovered massive irregularities in its finances and records. The audit was triggered by the excessive ticketing practices linked to the town's notorious speed trap on a corridor of U.S. 301. As The New York Times reports,
between 2011 and 2012 the Hampton police (many of whom were essentially irregular volunteers) issued 12,698 speeding tickets to motorists on the 301 corridor.
Hampton's local notoriety dates back to the 1990s,
when AAA designated it and its neighboring towns, Waldo and Lawtey, as speed traps.
In late 2013, the mayor-elect of Hampton, Barry Moore, was arrested on charges of Oxycodone possession with intent to distribute
The state's move to disincorporate Hampton may be a bit redundant given the resignation of the town's acting mayor, chief of police, and essentially the entire city government following discoveries that "the city...had for years kept shoddy records of expenses, left 46 percent of its water unaccounted for, employed 17 police officers to generate more than $200,000 in speeding tickets but failing to keep track of where all those revenues went, entered into contracts without records -- and even lost public records 'in a swamp.'"
As Republican state senator Rob Bradley remarks,
"It's like something out of a Southern Gothic novel."