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Speed Zones: How the JCPD controls traffic

Becky Campbell • Sep 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

There are a few of reasons Johnson City Police Sgt. Scotty Carrier says he writes speeding tickets — speeding is illegal, it’s part of his job on the traffic squad and it saves lives.

But exceeding the speed limit is something drivers seem to feel is their right, and certain locations in the city, or anywhere for that matter, are often referred to as speed traps. Carrier prefers to call those areas where officers are sure to find speeding drivers as speed zones.

And in Johnson City, there are plenty of them. A look at the number of speeding tickets written by JCPD over the last five years is proof of that.

Press Staff Writer Becky Campbell has examined speed zones in Johnson City, including how the state and city traffic engineers determine speed limits and how the city's police department works in "hot spots" for control efforts.

Campbell also conducted an analysis of traffic tickets issued by the JCPD over the last five years and boiled down the data on the most frequently targeted locales and highways.

You'll fine the results in the Sunday, Sept. 2, edition of Johnson City Press.