Florida’s Alachua County is home to the City of Waldo, a tiny spot
on the map that has collected disproportionate revenue from passersby
in a series of speed traps that funded the city’s police department.
After a lengthy investigation, the Waldo City Council
voted to disband the Waldo Police Department and the town will instead be serviced by the
Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
The Waldo Police Department had employed seven officers, whose salaries
were supported primarily by issuing speeding tickets on a county road
heavily trafficked by tourists and travelers. Some of alleged that a speeding
ticket quota was issued, forcing officers to issue tickets in order to
support their positions.
Disbanding the department is good news for motorists, but some city residents
fear that criminals will be emboldened as the police presence will be
visibly diminished. If you’ve been stopped unlawfully for a ticket,
Orlando car accident attorneys at
Legally Pink Law for representation.