By Bob Weaver|
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their pocketbooks. Stay away
from the West Virginia town of Summersville (pop. 2,700).
The city government, law enforcement and some citizens continue to verbalize
unreasonable arrogance in writing and defending over 18,000-19,000 speeding
tickets annually on U.S. Route 19, a scenic gateway route to the south.
After a half-dozen recent local and national news stories, letters of protest and town
meetings, these fine Summersville folks just don't get it. They're in the "public safety
During 2000, the town took in nearly $1 million dollars in fines and court costs, and
another $277,000 for a "driving school" available from the town or on the Internet. In
2000 the small town had accumulated a $2.2 million surplus.
We highly suggest avoiding the town, by-pass it whenever possible and refrain from
spending any money in or near the corporate limits.
The Canadian Automobile Association has declared the town a speed trap and has
advised their members to avoid the region. The town is listed on speed trap web
sites, to be avoided.
Mayor Stanley Adkins challenged the automobile associations stance by saying "I
plan to call them and see if effective government is the real reason" for the ban.
The Canadian Automobile Association says "Police continue to relentlessly tag
motorists in this area."