Thomasville Police Officers are Cracking Down on Speeding

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Thomasville Police Officers say they're cracking down on speeding. Officer Baggett said some of he main roads where speeders are caught are Smith Avenue, Jackson and Old Monticello.

Officers said the prices of tickets have increased since the first of the year, costing residents hefty fines.

"I didn't realize the prices had gone up but I'm sure that the motivation is to get compliance," said Thomasville resident Brenda Parrish.

According to Thomasville Police the average price of speeding tickets can range from the lowest being 100 dollars and the highest being 300 dollars.

"There's a pretty steep fine for speeding here in Thomasville," said Thomasville Police PIO Lieutenant Eric Hampton.

Here's a breakdown of the fines: if a driver is caught driving 11-15 miles over the speed limit, they will receive a 100 dollar citation, 16-25 miles over equals 150 dollars 26-35 miles over equals 200 and 36 and over equals a 300 dollar citation.

Officers say weekly an average of 150-200 speeding tickets are cited to those whose feet are a little heavier than should be.

"I obey the law I maybe go five miles per hour above the speed limit,"
said Parrish.

While taking part in a ride along with officer Baggett, in less than an hour, two drivers were cited for speeding, and another for not wearing a seatbelt.

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  • by breed Location: tville on Feb 21, 2011 at 08:58 PM
    Heck,I know police officer's and sheriff's that drive drunk but take people to jail for it,And I also know a law enforcement officer that beat his wife but you didn't hear about that because they booked him in another county colquitt to be exact.
  • by sick and tired on Feb 21, 2011 at 06:14 PM
    The police and the sheriff's deputies are the guiltiest of all. They are the worst! Now I support our law enforcement but the speeds they do up and down Smith Ave is rediculous. Come on guys, the laws are not just for us citizens. You are citizens also.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    the drug squad and sheriffs are the biggest speeder of all,with the police comeing in third..they must not eat as many donuts as the first two..guess the city wants to buy some more condos for the big wigs
  • by david Location: thomasville on Feb 21, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    cracking down on speeders is good. BUT who gonna ticket the cops for speeding? i have had county & city law enforcement going to work or home from pass me in a 45 zone doing at least 60. just the other day, the Sheriff him self passed me in a 45 zone. i was actually doing 55 myself. he had to be doing 70 because no sooner did he pass me, he was almost out of sight. i went by the sheriff's office only to see him standing outside doing nothing. so, you tell me. who is going to put a stop to the cops speeding for NO REASON? oh, i do own the new digital double trunking scanner and i know when these guys are answering a call. it is also a SHAME that we tax payers are paying for their gas when the cops are using their patrol cars for "PRIVATE" and family use. if they wanna have the option of lights and sirens, let them outfit their own vehicles just like all the VOLUNTEER firefighters have to do.
  • by Thomas on Feb 21, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Just tell the truth: The states and counties are all broke, so speeding tickets (and added fines if you don't pay them) are cheap and easy ways to boost revenue!
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