Last Friday, I wrote a feature story for the Gazette’s “Out There” page about the many scenic and recreational attractions in and around Gauley Bridge, W.Va.
The story drew nine comments on the paper’s Web site — a lot for that sort of feature.Â Most of the commentsÂ criticized Gauley Bridge’sÂ 25-mile-an-hour speed limit and the town’sÂ cops for writing so many speeding tickets.
Exactly one day after my feature ran in the paper, I drove through Gauley Bridge on my way to an assignment at Carnifex Ferry State Park. You guessed it. I got the “blue-light special.” TheÂ officer cited me for doing 35 mph in the town’s 25-mph zone.
I’m pretty sureÂ IÂ exceeded the speed limit; I’d been trying to stay under 25 mph, but upshifted when my car’s engine started to bog down. I looked down and saw the speedometer needle creeping up toward 35, but couldn’t get off the gas in time. The blue lights started flashing, and I pulled over.Â The officer wasÂ pleasant, polite and professional.
Still, the $150 fine is going to sting a bit. Live and learn…