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, contact your Orlando car accident attorneys at Legally Pink Law, PLLC for representation.