Idaho lawmakers pass anti-speed trap measure

Idaho lawmakers pass anti-speed trap measure

Idaho lawmakers pass anti-speed trap measure

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:52 AM

BOISE -- Lawmakers said there's nothing more frustrating than a seemingly unjustified speed limit -- especially when they suspect local town officials are just using them as a speed trap to add money to their coffers from unsuspecting drivers.

Consequently, Idaho senators agreed Friday local governments shouldn't set speed limits on state highways where they pass through town.

Friday's 26-9 vote sends the measure to Gov. Butch Otter.

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, by all other appearances a law-abiding Idaho citizen, recounted being pulled over on a stretch of State Highway 20 near Picabo that's 55 mph.

Hill contends there's no obvious reason for the limit to differ from the 65 mph that governs Highway 20 elsewhere.

If Otter signs it, it would return authority to the Idaho Transportation Department.

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