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Waldo Suspends Two Police Chiefs After Quota Claims

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WALDO, Fla. (AP) — The tiny Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap.

The AAA auto club named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two “traffic traps” nationwide. The other town is nearby Lawtey. AAA has placed billboards outside the limits of both towns to warn drivers to slow down before entering.

Now Waldo is facing a scandal over its traffic tickets. Two police chiefs have been suspended, the police department has rebelled and the state is investigating possible wrongdoing.

A group of Waldo’s police officers attended a council meeting on Aug. 26 and accused the police chief of ordering them to write a minimum of 12 traffic tickets during each 12-hour shift.

(Story by: Jason Dearen, The Associated Press)

 

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