Anyone who's ever lived in the Midwest or driven through Ohio probably knows that the Buckeye State is legendary for the strict speed traps along its highways. After March 22, motorists driving along Interstate 71 near Cleveland will have a little more breathing room. That's because new state legislation will be shutting down eight of the mayor's courts in Ohio, including one in Linndale, the state's most notorious and controversial speed trap city. According to The Cleveland Leader, Linndale has but one exit and a quarter-mile section of the interstate inside its borders, yet "in 2011, Linndale police issued 4,000 traffic tickets, which accounted for over $400,000 in revenue." That's eight times as many citations per 100 citizens as any other place in Ohio. In fact, if you take a Google Street View look at I-71 as it runs through Linndale, you can see a police officer camped out in the shadows of a bridge.

The outgoing mayor's courts system allow a mayor-appointed city employee – not a judge – to preside over traffic cases, and all of the ticket revenue would then be funneled to the city. All of this for a small town with fewer than 200 residents. With the new law, Linndale police will still be able to patrol the Interstate and ticket speeders, but the revenue from fines will then be split with other government entities.

Check out a video from a local news station below.


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      SpitterGuy
      • 1 Year Ago
      THANK HEAVENS! Traveling through that 1/4mi stretch was stressful! It caused a lot of traffic issues due to people slowing WAY down. This was a long time coming for Linndale!
        wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpitterGuy
        ohai, i know you.
        Richard Nygaard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpitterGuy
        It doesnt seem like anything is going to change though. They are just sharing the money with someone else. They will just have to write more tickets to make the same amount.
          Tiberius1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Richard Nygaard
          No probably what will happen is the Village of Lindale (the \"Village of Peace\"..LOL) will be absorbed into the city of Brooklyn (unlikely) or the Thriving Metropolis of Cleveland -sarcasm intended and more likely. Without the fleet of mobile ATM\'s the little burg cannot survive. And thank God for that.
      d
      • 1 Year Ago
      Linndale is a tiny craphole where just about every resident is on welfare. I think they have six patrol cars. Two are always parked under the overpass on both sides. One sits in the abandoned car lot across from the Burger King. There are usually two sitting in the parking lot of the vacant grocery store so they can catch people at the speed trap when you enter Linndale, going down a hill the speed limit goes from 35 to 25.
        Tiberius1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @d
        And make sure you watch the \"Stop Here on Red\" signs coming up Memphis towards Bellaire!!!
      Edward
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you can spare the time and aggravation, plead not guilty. The case has to go to a real court, in this case, Parma, which does not look kindly at the BS Linndale cases. No wonder the guy was missing when I picked up a bud at the airport five minutes away Sunday.
      savvybuyer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course, there's always the possibility that they'll write double the tickets now to make up the difference.
      Edsel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Three years ago I was mailed a $250.00 traffic ticket from some small Ohio town for an illegal right on red violation. I was given 30 days to appear in person to contest or submit notarized evidence that I did not violate the no right on red intersection. The problem; I have never been to Ohio and the intersection camera showed that I was driving an eighteen-wheeler truck - I do not have a CDL license nor do I own a truck. I had to prove my innocence which is constitutionally backwards. Eventually I cleared up the Ohio error but I will always wonder if the inter-state law enforcement database has cleared my name because ten years ago there was a N.J. warrant for my arrest which came to my attention when I tried to renew my driver's license from my home state, which is not N.J.... problem; I have never traveled through New Jersey. I had to prove my innocence. The lesson I learned is to make certain that a member of your extended family is a lawyer.
      SHIRLEY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every state has them and the Elected Officials condones it. Government is HOOKED on MONEY. Big Government and Small Government. They Love to spend other Peoples money. They are just like Heroin Addicts they will do anything to get money in order to fill the need to spend.
      Imp
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ohio speed traps are pretty bad. The only place I got a speeding ticket between Chicago and NYC that I've done many times. And that was speeding up just to pass a big rig and then going back to the speed limit immediately afterwards. Worthless cops...
      Andrew B
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can verify that Linndale is one of the worst speed traps anywhere, and in such a short distance! Linndale is on the way to Cleveland Hopkins Airport for many people traveling from East to West. Every time I have driven to and from the airport I have seen a car pulled over by Linndale Police. Its been like that for about 20 years or so too.
      R S
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drive by this speed trap everyday and you see some poor guy with out of state plates getting a ticket. Its almost funny how obvious that this is nothing but a cash cow and nothing about safety! I am glad a state legislator got a ticket there and put them out of business. Its so funny how government works lol
      traderjimj
      • 1 Year Ago
      ohio is thr only state i have been cought in a speed trap and i couldnt even fight it them cops are gods the are never wrong but the one wrighting me a ticket was not a god but thought he was the speed limit went from 65 then droped to 35 and went back to 65 for no reason at all just a money trap
      JOHN
      • 1 Year Ago
      No surprise there! I've been a CDL driver since '62, and Ohio was always the worst. At one time there were more state troopers in one county, than the entire state of Nebraska.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      This reminds me of an incident several years ago (1996, I believe) in Wilmer, Alabama just west of Mobile on the Mississippi-Alabama state line. They were famous for speed traps. One day, the police snared the wrong person - the local District Attorney who was investigating the speed trap claim. He was able to levy enough fines to bankrupt the town, leaving them with no choice but to revoke its incorporation.
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