According to AAA, Waldo, Florida and Lawtey, Florida are “Traffic Traps”, more commonly referred to as speed traps. AAA lists two speed traps in the entire country and they happen to be Waldo and Lawtey. Both towns count on people just paying the ticket instead of hiring a traffic ticket lawyer.
The towns of Waldo and Lawtey are only separated by about 20 miles on US 301. Waldo is in Alachua County and Lawtey is in Bradford County. Both Waldo and Lawtey have school zones, which are very short and less than obviously marked. Many motorists call looking for a traffic lawyer after receiving a citation or ticket for speeding in a school zone in both cities. The Waldo southbound school zone can be particularly challenging to obey for people unfamiliar with the area.
Florida’s trial level court for a traffic tickets or other infractions is the County Court. Waldo and Lawtey do not have their own court system. Traffic citation cases are handled by the Alachua and Bradford County Court. (see my past blog). Officers from Waldo or Lawtey have to travel to attend traffic court. If they cannot make it to court, then the traffic ticket is dismissed.
The office handles all traffic cases. No matter what kind of traffic case, click or call to hire a lawyer.
Since the publishing of this blog Waldo disbanded its police department, however, Lawtey is going strong in Bradford County.