Editor, The Coastal Courier graciously published my previous letter to the editor wherein I challenged anyone to produce a speeding ticket issued by a Midway Police Department officer for going 5 miles per hour or less over the posted speed limit. The prize was a $50 gift certificate for Red Lobster or Olive Garden restaurants. The 30-day window has passed and no one has produced the winning ticket. This would tend to indicate that either there is no credence to the claims in Sound off that tickets have been issued for driving 5 mph or less over the speed limit or that no one has an appetite.
I am raising the bar and extending the challenge. The $50 gift card still can be claimed by the first person to produce a speeding ticket issued by a Midway officer for driving 9 mph or less over the posted speed limit. Again, you will have 30 days from the publication of this letter to claim dinner on me.
Let me address the comments about the police cars and the officers not being out on patrol. Unlike other police departments, Midway officers do not take their cars home. The off-duty officers at other departments have their cars at home so the number sitting at their station significantly is reduced. Look closely and you will see that not all of the parked police cars belong to Midway. In addition, the white cars are high-mileage hand-me-downs bought from other cities. They constantly break down and are awaiting repairs. Recently, one officer had to change cars three times.
During their shifts the officers investigate crimes, process arrested individuals, transport inmates to the county jail, input reports, research criminal records of those arrested, process tickets, take statements from victims and witnesses, review and prepare cases for court, process evidence, etc., and still patrol our streets. Ponder this: Just because you see three of four vehicles parked, how certain are you that an officer is not actually on the road in another vehicle?
— Terry Doyle