Saturday, January 10, 2015

Police force disbanded in small Florida town notorious for speed traps


Police cars are parked in front of the Waldo Police Department in Waldo, Fla., Thursday Oct. 2, 2014. The tiny north Florida town known nationally as a speed trap decided on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, to officially dismantle its police force. The move came weeks after the police chief and interim chief resigned due to state investigations into ticket quotas, mishandling of evidence and other issues. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now in charge of policing the town of 1,000, leaving some citizens worried that the speeding problem will worsen, and that criminals will feel like they have carte blanche. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen) (Jason Dearen)

WALDO, Fla. (AP) -- The tiny town of Waldo in north Florida has such a notorious reputation as a speed trap that AAA erected billboards to warn drivers about it, but all that may be about to change.

On Tuesday, weeks after the police chief and interim chief resigned due to state investigations into ticket quotas, mishandling of evidence and other issues, Waldo's City Council disbanded its police force.

While the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now in charge of policing the town of 1,000, and AAA says it will consider removing its billboards, some citizens worry that the speeding problem will worsen and criminals will feel they have carte blanche.

"I think it's nuts," Waldo resident Kim Andrews said about the disbanded police force. He owns Andrews Knife and Muzzleloading, a weapon collector's shop just off the highway.

"It's rare that I ever wear this on my side," Andrews said, motioning to a pistol holstered on his hip. 

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