Linndale: Mayor's Court dead but speed trap is not

7:00 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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LINNDALE -- For those concerned about being caught going too fast on I-71 while going through Linndale's notorious speed trap, there is good news and bad news.

The good news is the infamous mayor's court which processed around 4,000 tickets a year making money that kept the postage-stamp-sized village alive is dead.

A Franklin County judge rejected an appeal of a just-passed law eliminating mayor's courts in towns with fewer than 200 people.

Officially, Linndale has 178 residents.

The bad news is, police plan to keep on keeping on writing tickets.

Sgt. Tim Franczak said, "We are not going to change one iota...we're going to enforce the laws of Ohio and the village of Linndale."

The only difference? Those ticketed will now have their cases handled by Parma Municipal Court.

Speeders with scheduled Linndale court dates will get letters with a new Parma court date.

Parma Court officials are making plans for the switch. Linndale is one of eight communities with cases handled in Parma.

State Senator Tom Patton who sponsored the measure said the goal was to take out both the courts and the speed traps.

He says he remains committed towards that goal and said it would be "disappointing" if that's not how things played out.

The question is, will Linndale still get enough revenue to keep the village alive?

It will get fines minus court and membership costs to have its cases handled in Parma.

The villages also are expected to appeal the court ruling.

Patton said there will soon be increased Ohio Highway Patrol presence on the local stretch of I-71.


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