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Friday, August 26, 2011 - 8:36am

City Cleared In Speed Trap Probe

Updated: 3 years ago.
The Georgia city of Arcade has been cleared by the GBI of accusations it runs a speed trap. (photo courtesy Steve Mays)

The Georgia State Patrol has again cleared Arcade's police department of an accusation that the city runs a speed trap along U.S. Highway 129.

The State Patrol, which regulates radar use by police departments, has investigated allegations that Arcade is operating a speed trap four times since the late 1990s. Investigators have never found any illegal practices.

Troopers launched the most recent investigation in March after a software developer from Nicholson, Lyle Thompson, filed a complaint.

Thompson says he has been stopped five times in the past three years and his wife has been stopped twice.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/qjaRuZ) the patrol's audit found that Arcade's police department brings in 2.7 percent of its budget from minor speeding ticket fines and court fees.

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