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Florida towns Waldo and Lawtey no longer speed traps, AAA says

Posted: 12:43 PM, Jul 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-11 16:43:51Z

WALDO, Fla. (AP) — After being number 1 for almost a quarter of a century, the Florida towns of Waldo and Lawtey are now no longer designated "Traffic Traps" by AAA.

AAA's Florida public affairs director Matt Nasworthy tells  The Gainesville Sun  they've removed the two cities because they've "made significant improvements."

They were named speed traps in 1995 following an AAA investigation that found profit — not safety — was the primary motivation for issuing tickets.

In Waldo, the police department was eventually found to have been issuing speeding tickets based on quotas. The force was disbanded in 2014, and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office now handles traffic enforcement.

The Sun reports Lawtey Mayor Jimmie Scott and others asked AAA to lift the designation because it casts a shadow on the town.