Speed trap law limits enforcement on interstates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Five Arkansas cities have been denied the authority to patrol interstates and major highways in the two years since a state law was revised over concerns about speed traps.

The Legislature initially gave the state police director the authority to limit municipalities authorized to patrol major highways in 1987.

The law was amended in 2007 to clarify that cities and towns must be able to show state police officials they write no more than 30 percent of their traffic tickets on those highways. There are currently 31 Arkansas cities and towns with authority to patrol limited-access highways.

Police departments in five towns have been turned down - Mulberry, Turrell, Tyronza, Greenland and Wheatley. The law doesn't apply to county sheriffs.

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