DANBY – The small town of Danby, VT has filed for bankruptcy, citing decreased revenues from speeding tickets. Speeding ticket revenues have previously made up close to 85% of Danby’s budget but, thanks to cautious drivers, that stream has dried up.
“We’re just at a loss,” said Select Board member Paul Dover. “We’ve lowered the speed limit on Route 7 as low as we think we can reasonably go. Currently the limit drops from 55 to 15 mph with no warning and a police officer hidden right on that line. We talked about dropping the limit to 10, or even 5, but at some point it just gets silly.”
Town officials blame their financial ruin on apps like “Speed Trap,” which alerts drivers to potential ticketing hotspots, as well as general word of mouth as residents alert guests and visitors of the sudden drops in posted limits.
“We’re considering a bill right now that would make it illegal for cars to flash their lights at oncoming traffic,” Dover said, “but beyond that I don’t that there’s much we can do. None of us can think of any other way to generate revenue for the town.”
A bill was passed earlier this year by the Danby Select Board that made bumper stickers illegal and punishable by a $500 fine per sticker, but it was struck down by the Vermont Supreme Court on appeal.
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This might be funny but the part of rte 7 where the constable sits is actually Mt Tabor, not Danby……
Sorry…but you have Danby mixed up with Mt.Tabor!! Not a select board member with that name here in Danby. Nelson Tiftt is hired by Mt. Tabor, he can not stop speeders in the town of Danby. Lol
Oh, there is more than one town doing this, lol! The names have been changed to protect the innocent!
False info… Total BS
You do realize this is satire, right?
Even so, kudos for the name Paul Dover (pulled over) — got it!
You reliaze you are literally banking your town’s future on others misfortune…I get half those people that do speed are just assholes that dont think the rules apply to them…
But the other half (I’m not justifying speeding) ayou are literally setting up tobe fined. Alot of us dont have that money to give u and feel the ridiculous amount of taxes taken from our pay already by the state of vermont should be enough…alot of us are struggling to make ends meet with 2 jobs. Bc even with both adults in a family working 2 jobs it still isnt enough to afford your outrageous rent, lights ,and gas that you also tax the shit out of. You want more money start treating your people better Instead of manipulating the speed limit to catch them breaking the law to pay for your 5*meal and 2milloon dollar mansion.
Who wrote this ?