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    alpinium12 is offline Junior Member
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    Local Police Jurisdiction on Interstate Highways

    Why do some local police have authority on interstate highways? I recently moved to Cincinnati, and I'm very displeased to learn that the Cincinnati, Loveland, and Sharonville police hang out with radar on Interstates 75 and 71 to enforce speed limits. In all my travels throughout the country, I've never seen or heard of anyone other than state police with such jurisdiction. Are speeding tickets issued by local police on interstate highways contestable with regard to jurisdiction? Please advise. Thanks.
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    I suspect their peace officer powers exist statewide. So long as the stretch of roadway monitored and cited runs through the jurisdictional boundaries of the agency in question, I doubt there will be an issue. Where they stop you is not so important as where the offense occurred.

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    I think the truth of the matter is the obvious. Small towns whose limits happen to overlap a section of a major interstate use traffic tickets as a source of revenue. I don't think anyone could reasonably argue that a small town is just being very conscientious by utilizing its overstretched police resources enforcing an interstate that is already patrolled by state police in a benevolent effort to improve safety.
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    Actually, I believe there is only a few states which limit state highways traffic enforcement to the state police, many states allow the local police to patrol the highways which pass through their jurisdiction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maestro64 View Post
    Actually, I believe there is only a few states which limit state highways traffic enforcement to the state police, many states allow the local police to patrol the highways which pass through their jurisdiction.
    Of course the state would allow a local agency to patrol an interstate. After all, the money the local cops earn on the highway is money they won't be begging the state to provide them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_bo View Post
    Of course the state would allow a local agency to patrol an interstate. After all, the money the local cops earn on the highway is money they won't be begging the state to provide them.
    Why do you post crap you have absolutely no proof?
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    Do you have proof to the contrary? I don't have proof that the sun will come up tomorrow, but I feel pretty confident in saying it will.

    Like the saying goes: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... it's probably a duck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_bo View Post
    Do you have proof to the contrary? I don't have proof that the sun will come up tomorrow, but I feel pretty confident in saying it will.

    Like the saying goes: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck... it's probably a duck.
    ask Carl how much his department receives from a ticket. If I remember correctly, it is very little. If so, it really damages your theory.

    and in my area, the local police do not receive money from the state. All costs are born by the locals so again, that shoots your theory.
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    Jim seems to have a problem with delusional posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justalayman View Post
    ask Carl how much his department receives from a ticket. If I remember correctly, it is very little. If so, it really damages your theory.

    and in my area, the local police do not receive money from the state. All costs are born by the locals so again, that shoots your theory.
    The money goes to the state... the state subsidizes the local governments. When the mob does it, it's called laundering. When the state does it, it's called appropriations.
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    So far you've mentioned the sun, ducks, the mob and money laundering and yet you haven't posted anything that proves that the fines from OHIO traffic citations go to the state and then somehow trickle down to the law enforcement agency that issues the citation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Got_Banned View Post
    So far you've mentioned the sun, ducks, the mob and money laundering and yet you haven't posted anything that proves that the fines from OHIO traffic citations go to the state and then somehow trickle down to the law enforcement agency that issues the citation!
    But IGB, c'mon! He says it does - isn't that enough?
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    Yes, Ohio does allow local police to lurk on the interstates, looking for speeders. In fact a tiny Cleveland suburb (Linndale) was famous for always having one or two police cars radaring traffic at all times since they had no industry and used the traffic fines to pay about 80% of the city budget. They had about a 1/3 mile strip of interstate running through their town.

    [url=http://www.mariononline.com/articles/news/articles/000034/003404.htm]Marion Online News, news and information from the Marion, Ohio area[/url]

    At one point the state discussed limiting which cities could patrol the highway based on number of exits the city had or length of road running through the town, but I don't know if that passed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigner View Post
    But IGB, c'mon! He says it does - isn't that enough?
    Not without any statistics!!!!
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    TO Some random guy, thanks, I think that is the one that I was looking for.

    I'd read that a Senator got caught in the speed trap, and was so upset that he was able to eventually get a by-pass built and the town went broke.

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