The city of Concord has been under investigation for concerns that it allegedly violated the Arkansas Speed Trap Law. According the law, a municipality is in violation if they are exercising police power to enforce criminal and traffic laws for the principal purpose of raising revenue for the municipality and not for the public service and welfare on a state highway. Also, the amount of revenue produced by fines and costs from misdemeanor tickets cannot exceed more than 30% of the municipality’s expenditures. It is also against the law for more than 50% of traffic tickets to be written for speed limit violations that are 10mph or less than the posted speed limit.
The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office began looking at possible violations in Concord after receiving numerous complaints from motorists driving through the city. “We asked for a State Police investigation about 4 or 5 months ago,” said Prosecuting Attorney Don McSpadden. “The state has concluded its initial investigation and is requesting the information again to revue their initial findings.”
According to the speed trap law, any municipality that is determined to be in violation could face a sanction of having any or all future traffic fines and court costs be turned over to a county fund for the maintenance and operation of all schools in the county. The municipality could also be ordered to cease patrolling state highways.
Concord Mayor Warren Rone, Sr. feels good about the investigation. “We are confident that the investigation will show we are not in violation of the law,” said Rone.