Friday, July 28, 2006
I laughed when I read that the crew for Steely Dan was pulled over and fined for speeding on their way to a concert in Vancouver. I didn’t laugh because they were pulled over, but because of WHERE they were pulled over. Coburg, Oregon.
Coburg police are notorious for their speed traps, and insane focus on racking up the tickets for speeders on the portion of I-5 that goes through their teensy town. For example:
Since at least 2001, Coburg's city government has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for its budget through speeding fines at an I-5 speed trap located outside of city limits. By 2003, the city was raising nearly half of its $1.7 million annual budget through traffic fines; the $755,000 in traffic fines that year amounted to more than $750 per resident; it more than covered Police Chief Mike Hudson's salary of over $124,000 that year, which is more than the salary of the Oregon State Police superintendent.
Welcome to Coburg, Oregon! Now here’s your ticket. Thank you for funding our fancy bikes and weapons!
Posted by LeLo at Friday, July 28, 2006