ELLSWORTH — Police conducted several traffic details this week, issuing dozens of tickets, including many for the same offense: traveling 64 mph in a 55-mph-zone.
Coincidence? Not exactly. Officers have a fair amount of discretion when it comes to writing tickets and frequently give drivers a break by ticketing them for lower speeds than those at which they were actually traveling.
They will occasionally write the clocked speed in the margin of the ticket, so there is a record, but officially record the speed lower.
“It’s really a compassion thing,” former Lt. Harold Page previously told The Ellsworth American. The point is to get the message across by writing tickets for lower speeds or giving drivers a warning, police told The American.
Fines are based on how many miles over the speed limit a driver was traveling. The lowest fine bracket is for 1 to 9 miles over the limit.
This week, the following drivers were summoned for allegedly traveling 64 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bangor Road:
On July 31:
Lyle Moldawer, 65, of Gainesville, Fla.
On Aug. 1:
William Harmon, 72, of Benton.
Janet Nordelus, 56, of Worcester, Mass.
Richard Taggett, 53, of Woodland.
Kirsten Brady, 47, of Aurora, Colo.
Patricia Stewart, 60, of Coventry, Conn.
Alfred Sale Jr., 63, of Carmel.
Adam MacLeod, 37, of Brewer.
Todd Hoglund, 54, of Franklin.
Cameron Currier, 53, of Enfield.
Patricia Jackson, 72, of Walpole, Mass.
Sharon Arnold, 69, of Hampden.
Jeremy Patterson, 25, of Hermon.
Lonna Perry, 42, of Lakeville.
William Santoro, 69, of Monkten, Md.
Rachel Spencer, 39, of Milford.
Darvin Sterner, no date of birth given, of Glenville, Pa.
David Braun, 54, of Weare, N.H.
Colyn Rich, 17, of Bernard.
Wyatt Lord, 18, of Winterport.
Abner Malubay, 48, of Joliet, Ill.
Cynthia Ward, 51, of Bangor.
Harlan Samuelson, 71, of Bangor.
Margaret Gilgan, 30, of Bangor.
Joseph Walsh, 69, of West Chester, Pa.
Luis Contes, 57, of South Bridge, Mass.
Joshua Yoder, 33, of Concord, N.H.
The following residents were issued summonses for allegedly failing to provide valid proof of inspection:
Jaimie Rumney, 28, of Franklin, following a traffic stop on Main Street on Aug. 2.
Logan Will, 29, of Lincoln, R.I., following a traffic stop on the Bayside Road on July 31.
Janmarie Grant, 32, of Brooklin, following a traffic stop on Foster Street on July 31.
Kyle Sennett, 46, of Ellsworth, following a traffic stop on Route 1A on Aug. 2.
Brittney Greatorex, 19, of Dedham, following a traffic stop on the Bangor Road on Aug. 1.
Christopher Clement, 29, of Ellsworth, following a traffic stop on Water Street on Aug. 2.
The following drivers were also issued summonses this week:
Garth Bean, 51, of Houlton, 78 mph in a 55-mph-zone on Route 1A on July 30.
Taylor Thompson, 23, of Cherryfield, failure to provide valid proof of inspection or insurance following a traffic stop on the Surry Road on July 31.
Lynne Karst, 43, of Lamoine, failure to provide valid proof of inspection or insurance following a traffic stop on State Street on Aug. 2.
Tara Skeate, 32, of Harrington, 84 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bangor Road on Aug. 1.
Merida Batiste, 37, of Decatur, Ga., 84 mph in a 55-mph-zone on the Bangor Road on Aug. 1.