Cop Busts Man for Thwarting His Efforts to Ticket Speeding Drivers

Speed traps are the worst, aren’t they? I mean, um, they never really affect me because I always go the speed limit, even when it’s a ridiculous 25 miles per hour on a two-lane highway with no schools nearby like the one near my house where the cop always sits. Grr.

Anyway, people usually get to know their local hot spots for cops with radar guns, but one man in Texas decided to warn unaware drivers of an upcoming speed trap by standing on the median with a sign reading: “Police ahead.” Then he got arrested for it.

Thirty-three-year-old Ron Martin was in court on Wednesday trying to battle charges that he was “interfering with speed enforcement” last October by warning drivers that cops lay in wait on the road ahead. Martin claims that the police were using unsafe practices and that he had filed several complaints about it.

They hide behind signs and they use their motorcycles sitting in the road, sun going down, without lights or anything ... I just feel like it was a little bit unsafe, not only for citizens, but for police officers having to do their job.

Officer Thomas Mrozinski wrote in his report on the day of the arrest, “I observed a couple cars drive by traveling westbound waving at us.”

Please tell me I’m not the only one that giggled picturing people waving and smiling at the confused cop as they drove by.

Anyway, I think it’s kind of ridiculous that they arrested him. Texas law apparently doesn’t ban warnings like this, but signs may only be posted or displayed on private property.

It seems to me that the cops are more concerned with writing tickets than getting people to slow down. As Martin said in court, “Ultimately, we’re trying to do the exact same thing. I just don’t wear a uniform ... I’m the same thing as a speed limit sign, just reminding people that there is a limit here.”

Do you think this guy was interfering with police business?

Image via Paul Townsend/Flickr

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ashjo85 ashjo85

Police love to hide out on the stretch of highway between my home and work. Drivers have an unspoken of practice of flashing headlights at oncoming traffic when they spot a trap in the opposite direction. It's universally helpful, and while I can't imagine there is a law being broken in doing that, I always make SURE there are no cops around before I flash my lights.

Kattey Kattey

Or , you know, people could just stop speeding.

funmo... funmommy123 don't tell me there is no such thing as quota. I know better ;)

Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

Police here most definately have a quota. Ridiculous. Go find some real criminals.

nonmember avatar Katie

Or how about people just stop speeding, or if you are willing to speed, except the consequences. I have a blind driveway and live on a main road. Trying to back out of my driveway is tough anyway, but the idiots that ignore the blind driveway signs and speed nearly have killed myself and neighbors. So when the cops do speed traps around that area...I choose to laugh and wave at the speeders not the cops! Everyone speeds here in there but if you are willing to speed(for example on the highway, where you are on a flat strait stretch of land and good visability)and go maybe a few mph over the speed limit(not 10 or 20 miles over) then accept the fact that you deserve a ticket!

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