SC Speed Trap Orders: Write Tickets Or “Hit The Road”


The mayor of the well-known speed trap of Cottageville, S.C., who has a long history of driving violations of his own, can be heard on a videotape scolding a young officer for not writing enough tickets, says the Charleston Post and Courier. Mayor Bert Reeves and Police Chief Ray Taylor told Officer Jeremy Shomber in 2004 that the officer’s main objective was to generate revenue for the town. “If you’re not writing tickets, you’re not paying for yourself, and if you’re not paying for yourself, you need to hit the road,” Reeves said. “Otherwise, it’s not a matter of hitting the road – your job and position is not going to be there.”

The videotape was recorded when the officer left the wireless microphone that clips onto his shirt and feeds information to his patrol car camera turned on during an hourlong meeting with the chief and the mayor. The tape shows how the town relied on officers to write nearly $1 million in tickets a year, about a third of which the town got to keep. The rest goes to the state. “The tickets are there to write,” Taylor said. “Whether you want to call it making up numbers, yes some tickets are bad tickets, but the majority of tickets that come through are good tickets.” Reeves told Shomber that “the main priority of your job – and I don’t like it – is to generate revenue. That’s in order to pay for your position. Yours is the lowest position. I’m just being point-blank.”


Comments are closed.