A few weeks ago I got ticketed for not having changed the address on my Florida drivers license within 10 days as the law demands. Oh well, guilty as charged and the State Trooper was very nice.
However, lately I have noticed that when I go to work (about a 10 minute drive) without fail I pass at least 3 police vehicles! Some are state troopers, some are county deputies, and others are officers from the City of Zephyrhills, Florida. They are either sitting along the road looking for speeders or other traffic law violators, or they already have someone stopped along the road waiting to receive a citation.
This presence appears, to me at least, to be much greater than in years past. Now, keep in mind that last year there was a big push to cut county and city property taxes. Add to this the fact that the assessed values of homes have fallen, as reflected on our tax bills. This has resulted in a loss of revenue for our local governments. So it may be that the officers no longer have the flexibility to let us off with a warning since the fines they collect could go to help keep them or their colleagues in their jobs. Something to consider. Also keep in mind that the state has increased the fine amounts. I was fined $111 just because I had not changed my address! That's a lot to me.
That said, if we are breaking the laws we cannot complain if we get caught and are fined. Ok, we can complain, but it will do no good. If we speed and a law enforcement officer gets us, we have to pay the price. It is just that nowadays, they have less leeway to give us a break. If they do, it could mean that someone in their unit could lose a job. In the end, they are just doing the job that we are paying them to do and are trying to keep our highways safer.
So, while you are out and about in Zephyrhills and Pasco County, Florida keep an eye on that speedometer. Especially in school zones or where there is a transition from one speed limit to another one. That does not mean to creep along. Sometimes that can be as bad as going too fast. However, be aware of the speed limits on the road where you are and stay within them. Otherwise you might just get a nasty surprise! Ouch!!
One more thing to keep in mind is that our winter residents are arriving and that means a lot more traffic, and hence, a lot more accidents. So be alert out there and have a safe ticket-free and accident-free winter!
I cannot help you with traffic tickets (wish I could), but if you need assistance with buying and/or selling a home, you can contact me at: 813-783-4444 or e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit my webpage at: www.jelwell.century21bnr.com anytime!
John Elwell - REALTOR
Bill Nye Realty, Inc.
Licensed in Florida