In addition to possibly misusing funds, Benton County Prosecutor, Nathan Smith, says Arkansas State Police will also determine whether the Centerton Police Department violated the Arkansas Speed Trap Law.
“Gotta be careful because those cops are out to get you,” said Sebastian Wake, who lives in Centerton.
“You see cops on the 102 constantly,” said Rick McGarrah, who lives in Rogers.
“It’s not like speed traps all over, it’s like the whole town is a speed trap,” said Garrett Colf, who lives in Centerton.
For drivers in Centerton, they’ve seen the police out on the streets in full force.
“If you go to Centerton and you are going 5 miles per hour over the speed limit, you’re going to get pulled over,” Colf said.
“They tend to hide around corners where you can’t see them until you are right up on them,” said Wake.
But whether or not the police department was using those speeding citations to keep your streets safe has yet to be seen.
“It ensures that tickets are written to promote public safety and not to generate revenue,” said Nathan Smith, the Benton County Prosecutor.
The Arkansas Speed Trap Law can be violated in two ways. Either a police department’s fines exceed 30% of the city’s total revenue, or more than 50% of the speeding tickets are written for drivers going less than 10 miles per hour than the posted limit.
“I’ll be happy as a lark if I find out that they have not violated that, and that’s the whole purpose of having an investigation, is to determine if there is any validity to the allegations or not,” Smith said.
If the Arkansas State Police investigation does reveal a violation of the Arkansas Speed Trap Law, the department will face sanctions. Either Centerton P.D. will no longer be able to write tickets, or all revenue from speeders goes straight to schools.
Smith says an investigation does not mean the parties involved are guilty. He remained adamant: the numbers will tell the tale.