Granby " Speeding ticket didn’t encourage visitor to return
February 1, 2008
To the Editor:
I am a disabled veteran who lives in a destination resort town in North Carolina. I want to tell you about my experience in your resort town.
First of all, I was struck with the beauty of the area, the excellent facilities and delicious food at a variety of restaurants.
The people were charming and helpful, save for one notable exception. On our second night there we were headed to SolVista for night skiing. Staying at Silver Creek, we should have turned up the hill but didn’t know where we were going and ended up on the highway headed for Granby. We realized our mistake immediately, turned around at the 7-11 and headed back.
Just past the overpass we were pulled over by a policeman who was hiding in the shadows not 50 yards from the 50 mph speed sign on my side of the road who promptly issued me a ticket for going 48 mph in a 30 mph zone. Mind you, this is the same stretch of road I was just on going the other way and the speed limit was 45 mph. I could see the 50 mph sign ahead of me.
This is obviously a speed trap. A speed trap in a tourist town?
Without fail, the police where I live in North Carolina go out of their way to HELP tourists. They ASK if they are lost, or are familiar with the traffic signs. The worst they do is issue a warning. Why on earth would you want to alienate people who bring lots of money to your town, voluntarily?
I spent about $2,000 while I was in the area, and would have returned often and talked the place up, but this experience has really upset me.
When I mentioned it to a waitress in town, she said, “Yeah, they just changed that sign to 30 mph. It’s confusing and a lot of people have been ticketed and are upset about it.”
I didn’t see any reason for the 30 mph slowdown, other than to try to generate revenue from this speed trap.
Also, I was visibly upset, I told the officer I was lost, I pointed out that the car right in front of me was going the same speed and when he braked so did I. I was right behind him. My Disabled Veteran license plate was obvious. The policeman showed no concern about anything other than writing me up and handing me the ticket.
I would love to return to the beautiful Granby area if this unfortunate situation can be corrected.
Lt.Col. U.S. Army, retired