If Damascus is ruled a 'speed trap,' here's what could happen

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State Police have concluded an investigation on accusations of Damascus being a speed trap.

Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said the file is now in his hands and is in the process of being reviewed.  He described the file as being filled with data that needs to be analyzed.

Damascus is a town of just under 400 people with a small police force, yet they issue more speeding tickets than other neighboring larger cities.  The speed limit drops drastically on Highway 65 when drivers enter Damascus.

In a THV11 report in May of 2015, police said they average writing 1,500 tickets a year. 

Hiland said if Damascus is found to be a speed trap, the law gives two possible penalties – One penalty would be that officers in the town couldn’t write any more tickets on that stretch of Highway 65, and the other penalty would include that revenue generated from tickets could only be used by a school district.

Explaining further, Hiland told THV11 that there may be another way of handling the situation if Damascus is found to be a speed trap, but it will have to be studied before a penalty is issued.

According to Hiland, once determined, the city will be contacted first. 

A decision is expected within one to two weeks.


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