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Miner police to no longer park, wait for speeders on Interstate

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MINER -- Miner police have been directed to not park and wait for speeders on Interstate 55.

The Miner Board of Alderman voted during their monthly meeting Tuesday to prohibit city police from parking alongside the interstate to catch speeders -- although officers are allowed to periodically patrol the highway.

The regular monthly meeting usually held on the third Tuesday of the month was rescheduled from Jan. 15 due to inclement weather and an anticipated lack of a quorum.

"I don't want them out there speed trapping," said Mayor Frank Tatum from Florida over a speakerphone.

Tatum said he doesn't mind if officers cruise the interstate periodically and check "if someone is in need of help" however.

City Attorney Joe Fuchs said in all his years as city prosecutor he has never known the Miner Police Department to abuse enforcement efforts on Interstate 55. Officers have only written citations when tickets should have been written, Fuchs said.

"I don't have trouble with them patrolling it," Alderman Terry Cole said. "I just don't want them sitting under a tree then gunning it (to catch a speeder)."

Cole said the city's police patrol cars are too old for that kind of strain.

"You're going to tear those cars up," he said. "If you have a brand-new car, that's different."

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