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TN lawmakers target small-town speed traps on interstates

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Some Tennessee roadways have a reputation among drivers for being speed traps, but a vote in the state legislature could crack down on those.

State Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, wants to make sure that small municipalities with a population less than 10,000 don't use the interstates as a revenue stream.

Spivey's proposal, which easily passed a vote Monday night before the full House, gives the safety commissioner the right to revoke a municipality's ability to patrol a portion of the interstate in their city if they don't comply with rules.

Spivey said some small towns get a majority of their monthly revenue from writing tickets on the interstate.

"There are situations that might be deemed questionable. That's for the Department of Safety to administer. This gives them the opportunity to apply consequence to an action," Spivey said.

Spivey's bill also says municipalities can't use unmarked cars on the interstate and must stay within their territorial limits. If the rules aren't obeyed, Spivey said, the consequence can be severe.

"This gives the Department of Safety the opportunity to revoke that privilege for up to three years," said Spivey.

Spivey said the legislation is a work in progress and there could be more proposals on the way.

"If this doesn't properly adjust the issue, I would be willing to take another bite out of it," said Spivey.

The measure now moves into Senate committee this week, and Spivey said he expects it to pass when it reaches the full Senate for a vote.

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