LINNDALE, Ohio - Forgive motorists traveling Interstate 71 through the Village of Linndale if they aren't convinced the days of mayor's court are over, they've been down this road before.
Attempts to stop Linndale from running what has been called a speed trap have been many and unsuccessful.
Looking through our archives for stories on the village and its strict enforcement of traffic laws, I found a story WEWS reporter Joe Pagonakis did in 1994.
Joe looked at Ohio House Bill 687, which would outlaw the issuing of tickets by municipalities which had less than one-half mile of interstate.
On Oct. 11, 1994, the eve of the bill becoming law, it looked as if Linndale might be finished.
Joe interviews the mayor of Linndale Donald Slusher and Ohio Rep. Rocco Colonna, the bill's sponsor – both confident of victory.
Slusher champions his village as David against the Goliath state of Ohio.
Slusher and Linndale would win the fight in court, and continue to ticket motorists and collect fines to the tune of $400,000 in 1994, a figure that would eventually double.
Some interesting items in Joe's story including a woman wishing the village out of existence, a man who had been dinged by the village for speeding twice and a shot of a speeding ticket for someone who was clocked at 81 in the 55 mph zone. Kind of hard to defend that one, huh?
Now truth be told, Linndale's ability to write tickets along the quarter-mile stretch of freeway has not gone away, just its ability to have its now-defunct mayor's court hear the traffic cases .