Lawmakers have said that “small counties disfavor radar” because they fear that County deputies will abuse it. However, there is talk now that an exception may be made for DeSoto County, and Representatives Forrest Hamilton of Olive Branch and Wanda Jennings of Southaven believe that a bill tailored directly to DeSoto County may have a chance of passing the house.
It goes without saying that there are those individuals that drive recklessly and endanger the safety of us all. But are more traffic tickets really the answer? While more tickets do generate more revenue for the County, the question must be asked…. do they make us safer? Couldn’t a deputy patrolling in an unincorporated area of the County without radar equipment still pull over a vehicle that was driving recklessly? Are there that many problem areas of the County that are unincorporated, and is speeding in those areas such a problem that more taxpayer money is needed to purchase radar equipment, install it in patrol cars, and train the officers to use them, etc.? These are all questions that will be debated by the legislature.
If you have been charged with speeding, reckless driving, DUI, or any other traffic offense, you should seek out a qualified DeSoto County criminal defense attorney to represent you as soon as possible. It can often make the difference of whether you pay large fines, lose driving privileges, or even spend time in jail.