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Arcade, Ga. cleared in speed trap investigation

Posted: August 26, 2011 12:02 p.m.
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ARCADE, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia State Patrol has again cleared Arcade's police department of an accusation that the city runs a speed trap along U.S. Highway 129.

The State Patrol, which regulates radar use by police departments, has investigated allegations that Arcade is operating a speed trap four times since the late 1990s. Investigators have never found any illegal practices.

Troopers launched the most recent investigation in March after a software developer from Nicholson, Lyle Thompson, filed a complaint.

Thompson says he has been stopped five times in the past three years and his wife has been stopped twice.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports ( the patrol's audit found that Arcade's police department brings in 2.7 percent of its budget from minor speeding ticket fines and court fees.

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