After 20-plus years, Waldo and Lawtey no longer Florida speed traps

The American Automobile Association has erected signs outside the town of Waldo, like this one seen in a Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 photo, warning motorists about speed traps. The north Florida town has gained a reputation for speed traps. [AP Photo | American Automobile Association]
The American Automobile Association has erected signs outside the town of Waldo, like this one seen in a Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003 photo, warning motorists about speed traps. The north Florida town has gained a reputation for speed traps. [AP Photo | American Automobile Association]
Published July 11 2018
Updated July 11 2018

WALDO — After being No. 1 for almost a quarter of a century, the Florida towns of Waldo and Lawtey are now no longer designated "Traffic Traps" by AAA.

AAA’s Florida public affairs director Matt Nasworthy tells The Gainesville Sun they’ve removed the two cities because they’ve "made significant improvements."

They were named speed traps in 1995 following a AAA investigation that found profit — not safety — was the primary motivation for issuing tickets.

In Waldo, the police department was eventually found to have been issuing speeding tickets based on quotas. The force was disbanded in 2014 and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office now handles traffic enforcement.

The Sun reports Lawtey Mayor Jimmie Scott and others asked AAA to lift the designation because it casts a shadow on the town.

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