Originally created 09/27/00

Warns that Rincon is a speed trap

I am writing as a warning to those who visit Savannah and Tybee Island.

My husband and I were returning to Augusta last month. We came to the town of Rincon. We saw the 35-mph sign and slowed down to that speed.

There were two cars ahead of us and we were all going the same speed. We saw a police car but knew we were going 35 mph.

In a short distance an officer pulled us over and said we were going 36 mph in a school zone and asked if we saw the flashing lights. We had not seen a 25-mph sign, flashing lights, any children or car waiting to enter the street. I did not see a school building.

Why would the officer pull over our car when all three were going the same speed? I think it was because my husband had white hair and a Richmond County tag. We made the mistake of not turning back to check for flashing lights and continued on to Augusta, which is what he expected us to do.

We were to appear in court on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Because it was a long, inconvenient trip back, we wrote the judge. Several people, including an attorney, said we would waste our time. Just pay the fine, they said.

I wrote the judge and told him the facts, and after 10 or 12 days his office called to say send $73.

So, I'm warning everyone, if you go through Rincon and officer Wagoner doesn't have his quota for the day, he'll get you.

M. Sweat, Augusta


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