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Speed Limit Lowered, Speed Traps Follow

Bill Spittler knew a speeding ticket increase on West Maple would be a safe bet. "My family has a trifecta. I've gotten a ticket so has my wife and son."

Six On Your Side asked the Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy to track the number of speeding tickets on West Maple in Northwest Omaha since the speed limits was lowered to 45.

Records show from 132nd to 288th streets in the past year and a half 1,400 speeding citations have been issued.

Drivers who frequent West Maple contend most of those tickets are written from 168th west to 192nd street where the four lane road looks like a country highway.

Ron Mikulicz drives the street almost every day. "It's a zone that's like easy money and they're out there constantly."

An Omaha traffic officer wrote several tickets along West Maple near 180th Monday afternoon. Drivers were caught going 62 to 65 miles an hour, way over the 45 mph limit.

City traffic engineers lowered the limit to make intersections with no traffic signals safer and get drivers used to a street speed as homes and businesses are built along the country highway.

Omaha traffic engineer said the lower speed limit only adds 26 seconds to the travel time from Elkhorn to 168th street.

Bill Spittler wonders about all the money collected from the speeding tickets along West Maple. "I don't know where the money is going but I know they're raking it in."

City Prosecutor Marty Conboy said money from any ticket goes to the public school fund and not the city.


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