Putting the Brakes on Linndale’s Speed Trap

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LINNDALE-- The Village of Linndale's infamous speed trap days are numbered.

"Good, you go two miles and they will get you," said Bernard Sparks, driver.

The most heavily patrolled area of Interstate 71 will be no more come March 22, thanks to legislation spearheaded by State Senator Tom Patton, (R), of Strongsville, two months ago.

"The way this works is it takes 90 days to go into effect.  So, if you go back to December 22 when Governor Kasich signed a series of bills that day, which included disabling Linndale's Mayor's Court, that gives us March 22.  It gives time for everybody to get adjusted," said Senator Patton.

For the Village, that means getting adjusted to no more Mayor's Court.

It's an operation that, according to the senator, issues nearly eight times as many tickets as any other place in Ohio.

"They collect more than $800,000 a year and they park in the shadows.  They are more than a nuisance," said Senator Patton.

According to the village law director, they are aware of the pending deadline.

However he says they are weighing their options, like challenging the measure once it becomes law.

"I'm anticipating they would appeal it.  And that may tie it up in court for who knows how long," added Senator Patton.

But for now, the legislation stands.

Come March 22, it will be against the law for Linndale to run a speed trap on I-71.

"It's a good thing. That trap's been there for a long time!  The city of Linndale made a lot of money from it," said Jack McGarry, a driver.

"Knowing that the watchdog is off my back feels good. I'm not saying I'm going to speed there, but of course you can ease up and relax going through there," added Sparks.

Linndale police officers can still issue tickets, however, after March 22, the money will no longer go to the Mayor's Court.