Dear editor:

My wife and I are retired and live in Thomasville. Recently we traveled U.S. 319 from Thomasville to Tifton and back four consecutive days. We confirmed the fact that we had heard many times, “there is a speed trap for tourists.” Now just hold on. We did not get a ticket nor warning so this is not an angry gripe.

If you have noticed that road lately, it is four lanes every mile with a nice median a good part of the way. Most of the mileage is simply open country road. To be sure Moultrie is in the middle and rightly requires a reduction of speed, but most of the road is open country.

On the fourth day, while my wife drove, I literally wrote down each change of speed limit and found that there were 27 changes between Thomasville and Tifton. At one location we saw a 45 mph sign when we were headed north and I looked and could see the 45 mph sign on the south-bound shoulder, certainly not a mile down the road. As we passed the south-bound sign, I turned and looked to confirm my expectation. That means that on the average, there is a speed change about every two to three miles between Thomasville and Tifton.

A driver cannot keep his eyes safely on the road and watch for speed signs on that road and I saw plenty of evidence that if you do not, you will pay the price. How else is a small town going to buy multi police cars and pay multi salaries?

This a major thoroughfare and I want our guests not to be treated to a speed trap. I am a strong supporter of speed laws. Those laws should be enforced but this is just a disgrace to our state.

Virgil Lee

Thomasville

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