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Arkansas city seeks to lift ban on police highway patrols

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) - A central Arkansas city has agreed to more auditing measures if a prosecutor grants relief from traffic-patrol sanctions.
    
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the sanctions prohibit Damascus from patrolling traffic along a stretch of U.S. 65 that connects Conway to Branson and a state highway. The sanctions were ordered after the city was found in violation of Arkansas' speed-trap laws last year.
    
A circuit judge in February rejected the city's allegations that the speed-trap law was unconstitutionally vague and arbitrary.
    
Prosecutor Luke Ferguson says he'll review the written request from Damascus City Attorney Beau Wilcox. The request says Damascus would agree to additional auditing and accounting measures "for a finite period" because of concerns about its Police Department's alleged abuse of power in generating city revenue.
    
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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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