For everyone reading this article, let me clear up some falsehoods in the piece. Calvert and Hearne are situated on Hwy 6 while Lott is on Hwy 77. Neither of these roads are near I-45 which runs from Dallas to Houston. Up until a few years Hwy 6 was a 2-lane farm road running from nowhere going to nowhere. Now, it has been developed into a 4-lane divided alternative to I-35 from Houston to Waco. Unfortunately, all of the little wide places in the road such as Hearne and Calvert were not bypassed. Speed limits were increased to match the improved roadways except in these wide spots. Speeds approaching the towns are 70-75 mph with signs posted. Within a few hundred yards of the higher speed signs and when you are approaching the small towns, the speed limit is dropped to 55 mph and a speed trap is set up. If you aren’t paying attention, your first response to the cop on the side of the road is “Oh $hit”! The same happens outside of Lott but the cop sits on the far side of a curve leading into town from the south. Hwy 77 is the best kept secret for getting from Waco to Victoria. If you really want to see a good speed trap, go north out of Calvert on Hwy 6 to Riesel. The speed limit drops from 70 to 45 with the cop sitting on top of the hill out of sight. Another point is that most of these tickets are given to non-residents. The cops are not going to make their friends mad. In conclusion, singling out a few towns when the traps are everywhere is nonsense.
That is the relevant data. If the speed limits are arbitrary or the signs are posted where they are difficult to see or with insufficient warning or time to comply then it is a speed trap. But, if the posted limits legitimately reduce speeds to protect residents in towns and make crossroads in rural areas safer but cross state travelers fail to slow because they are not paying attention or don’t want to reset the cruise control I have no empathy no matter how many tickets or how much revenue. If you lived in a small community where out of towners came screaming through constantly you would pick their pockets as long as it took to slow them down and a reputation as a speed trap would work to your favor. Imagine a farmer trying to cross a road with a tractor to work his field on the other side and the 45mph road has 75mph traffic. If you lived there would you want your kids school busses trying to dash across a road where drivers were ignoring your reduced speed zone? This is more why locals get few tickets and travelers get most of the citations.
Relevant questions: How many tragic accidents happen in this area related to speed? Are the reduced speeds structured because of cross roads or specific road conditions? Have requests by the communities to provide bypass routes gone unanswered?
Under these conditions I have no problem with my town cop hiding out of sight to catch a speeder.
October 18, 2013 at 3:18pm
Crawl back under your rock, you POS. You haven’t got a clue about what you are spewing out.
October 18, 2013 at 3:16pm
I live in Texas also and for a long time. My suggestion would be for you to go back where you came from before one of us True Texans find you and take you out behind the woodshed for your attitude adjustment that gets administered by an axe handle. You are a moron.
March 19, 2013 at 3:15pm
Rubio and Jindal have the same problem – the parents of both were foreign nationals when the children were born thus the children were not NBC. Cruz is a little different but still ineligible. He was born in Canada to a cuban national father and American mother thus he is ineligible. The only truly eligible among the group mentioned is Rand Paul. Until the lunatic politicians, and I include the r’s and d’s both, in Washington DC start adhering to the Constitution ,we will be a rudderless ship trying to stay off of the rocks. We need all tea-party’ers to become the Constitutional Party and clean house.
You are mistaken, sir. Under the laws of our great nation anyone who is born here enjoys the status of a natural born citizen and may one day run for the office of President.
January 29, 2013 at 2:06pm
marine25 – as usual your lunatic liberal views are ridiculous. go back to your liberal hole in the ground and leave the normal people alone.
January 29, 2013 at 2:04pm
marine 25 – did you relocate senators? are they not part of congress anymore?
January 18, 2013 at 4:21pm
hey honey – pull your head out of your kool-aid bucket and try to find the dozens of house passed bills that have disappeared into Reid’s wastebasket. There are so many ways to cut spending but you somehow think tax loopholes is the difference maker. You are a pathetic typical lunatic liberal. Start thinking on the spending cut side of the ledger rather than raising taxes. How about closing EPA, DOEducation, DOEnergy, TSA, NEA, NIH, DOT, HHS, NHS, DOL or even 40 czars. Find me one dollar that any of these groups add to the federal coffers and I will retract their letters. Can’t – I didn’t think so. OK – how many jobs have they created for the private sector? Ditto – didn’t think so. Go play in your sand box until you grow up.
January 18, 2013 at 3:01pm
smokey – if you had a brain you still would be stupid. The house can’t pick and choose what to pay nor can they only give money to certain causes. the only way to ensure the money flows as needed is to stop loading bills up with pork and have each bill pass on it’s true merit. Case in point as recently as this week is Sandy relief. Do you think $60 bil was really necessary? Guess again. Over $50 bil of the bill was pork and the stupid losers in DC voted for it. HERE’S THE PROBLEM – IT IS NOT THEIR MONEY – THEY DON’T CARE WHERE IT COMES FROM. JUST THAT IT GOES TO THEIR CRONIES. Here is the solution smokey – JUST SAY NO! If they don’t understand, then make it more plain – HELL NO!! Can you say term limits and impeachment and jail time?
January 18, 2013 at 2:33pm
We forced Hutchison out in favor of Ted Cruz and, with this really stupid comment from the other loser, Cornyn’s name now moves to the head of the list. He will get a true conservative primary challenger in 2014 and he will be gone. You can take it to the bank. I applaud other commenters such as AZthunder and shorelineliz whose sentiments are what I have been saying for four years. SHUT THE F$$$ING GOVERNMENT DOWN. obama is a radical ideologue dead set on destroying our country. Until the idiot repubs in the house accept this as a truth and realize that the power of the purse controlled entirely by the house is the only thing currently saving this country from utter destruction at the hands of a raving corrupt lunatic, they will continue to be looked upon as totally irrelevant. This is all they need to say – NO BALANCED BUDGET, NO SPENDING CUTS – WE WILL SHUT IT DOWN COMPLETELY. I am willing to make that sacrifice for my grandkids. Are the Cornyn’s and Boehner’s in Washington DC willing to make the same commitment???
We need to get to the point where our elected representatives are representing their district or state rather than their political party. So when the question of debt ceiling increase comes up, the representatives from Texas will have a position and so will representatives from New York. There would be at least 50 different positions on the issue. And then the debt ceiling law would have to be crafted in order to get the majority of vote, which means they would need to appease at least a few red state representatives…..That way nobody has to compromise and the laws will represent America instead of Boehner or McConnell
1) in TX after 38 years in CA...my poor home state has been killed in the last 20 years by these A-holes...
2) right there with you...shut it down...if in the past, when there was a government shut down, over 70% of government employees stayed home with no pay... those non-essential personnel...then shut the government down. the first thing that happens is anyone deemed to be non-essential gets FIRED!!! meet them at the door with a pink slip and a handshake and say GOODBYE!!
3) if the average government worker makes $71,000 plus benefits and retirement....and we have nearly 1/2 million workers in the federal government right now...over 70, almost 75% that are non-essential.... this does not include military....that would giver you about 325,000 employees FIRED at $71K a year....saves $23 Billion a year...plus benefits and retirement...that would probably jump to about $40 Billion....just in salaries and benefits....
Native - love the post!
However, let's just say that the House holds the line and does NOT increase the ceiling. Let's just say that as a country, we make it to the 2014 mid-terms. The emperor and his media will run the Repubs not only out of control of the House, but out of D.C.! Now, armed with the legislative branch, what's to hold the emperor back? (You know better than to say the judicial branch...)
Too damn scary in my mind; although I know many of you will tell me that we won't make it to the 2014 mid-terms by raising the debt ceiling every three months anyway.
I don't know the answer. All I know is that someone needs to stop the emperor's winning streak. Even though the country I grew up in is dead and gone, it would be nice to save at least a speck of it for the next generation...you know, the ones who surrounded the emperor during his announcements/signings on Tuesday...
And I know it's besides the point, but didn't Cruz defeat the progressive Dewhurst in the run-off for Hutchinson's seat, due to the fact that Hutch announced her retirement???
When will we realize none of these fixes will come about, and or work. Proof? Want facts? Here it is.
Psalm 2 in the Authorized King James Bible. Get to the root of the problem neighbor.
Cantor is bucking boener as we speak. he has put together something that is getting wide support. it's a budget v pay plan now beeing cooked up. simply put it's offer and put in place a solid budget or don't get paid. that's 1 step, step 2 which i hope they move on is to follow gingrich era ways which is shut down and force obama into a corner like gingrich et al did to clinton to get to a balanced budget.
boener and mcconel are agaist this drastic step, but cantor, ryan and others are starting to see the logic of it. it's going to be a looooong 6 months
When the government is shut down, we find out what is truly needed and what is not when they begin doing exemptions within agencies. Essential people will stay on and work. The bureaucrats know the system way better than the congress and can manage it. Not everyone in the SSI system is writing checks, though I do have a distant relative, who is a Democrat, and who believes that unemployment could be eliminated by hand writing all of the social security checks. He is serious about this too.