- Bear in the air
- Smokey and the bandit
- Gumball rally
That’s right this post is all about the cop lurking around the bend or over the next rise ready to light you up with a hand held laser gun. It isn’t enough that you are in debt up to your eyeballs. Each little city in northeast Oho wants to separate you from your hard earned money because their tax collections are down. Each day I drive to Cleveland bankruptcy court I see them there, with lights flashing and some poor sap pulled over.
My office is in Lorain County and the bulk of my bankruptcy clients come from there and the Westshore suburbs of Cuyahoga County. The discussion will center on the trip to the Cleveland bankruptcy court from the west.
All the speed traps I will mention except Linndale are for police departments within the jurisdiction of the Rocky River Municipal Court. This Court has its own special brand of highway robbery. Let’s say you are stopped for speed. You are not wearing a seat belt and you have a burned out tail light. That is three offenses under Ohio law. The uniform traffic citation has spaces for multiple offenses in the same incident. Not in Rocky River Municipal Court. Each charge gets its own folder. Each folder gets its own court costs. Ever been to their sparkling new court house? You paid for it with your court costs. Most courts charge one set of costs per incident. Not Rocky River.
Now for the Speed Traps
- I-90 at the Westlake, Avon City line. A Westlake cop normally sits right at the county line. Here the speed limit changes from 65 to 60 mph. Traffic does not.
- Anywhere in Rocky River, but most notably westbound on I-90 between the Lakewood, Rocky River city line, and the Hilliard Road exit ramp. Don’t bother looking for them. They hide. Sometimes one is on an overpass with a laser gun with chase cars on the highway. These guys seem to always be in place to add further insult to scofflaws whose worst crime is being late for work during the week, or families late for church on Sunday. Speed limit 60.
- North Olmsted on I-480 between Stearns Road and The Lorain County line. They patrol both east and westbound lanes. Bears are so thick here that even the local citizens tried official action to get rid of them. Unfortunately a speed trap a few years back turned up a huge drug bust in the car stopped. Now they have God and apple pie on their side. The end justifies the means. If you tell a cop he can search your car, he will. Speed limit 60.
- Fairview Park on I-480 between North Olmsted (roughly) Claque Road to the bridge over the Cuyahoga River. Both ways. Fairview Park needs money. They want yours. All offenses in their local code are higher level offenses than the Ohio Revised Code. That means the minimum fines are higher too. Speed limit 60.
- Linndale on I-71. Linndale is the village that pays for their city operations with traffic fines. Less than a quarter mile of I-71 goes through the village. When I-71 was built it took 40% of the homes and most of the tax base. The tax base is now traffic enforcement. They are old school. They use radar. Your detector will give great advance warning. They park under an overpass. Both ways are dangerous. These guys are not content with speeders. They watch for burned out lights or failure to signal lane changes. No ticket or fine is too small for the community treasury. Speed limit 60. Only fools drive through Linndale.
That sums it up. Follow these guidelines. When you leave for the meeting of creditors give yourself plenty of time to get there. Don’t rush. Begin your new life debt free. You don’t need to owe fines for driving through speed traps on the way to Cleveland bankruptcy court.
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