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CONWAY – A prosecutor on Wednesday declined to lift speed-trap sanctions on the small town of Damascus.

“First, the extent of the abuse of police power discourages me from removing the sanctions,” Prosecuting Attorney Luke Ferguson wrote in a letter to Damascus’ city attorney, Beau Wilcox.

“Second, the city’s proven lack of oversight, which allowed the … problems to develop, is a significant factor in my decision to leave the sanctions in place,” Ferguson added.

The decision means the sanctions are to remain in place until the end of 2018 for the town that lies in Faulkner and Van Buren counties. U.S. 65, which connects Conway to Branson, Mo., runs through it.

Last year, then-prosecutor Cody Hiland found that the town was operating a speed trap and ordered it to cease traffic patrols on U.S. 65 and Arkansas 124.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • susan918crosbygmailcom
    May 16, 2018 at 4:51 p.m.

    I got caught in that a couple of years ago. I wonder if I have recourse?

  • jeeper360
    May 16, 2018 at 8:11 p.m.

    If the state won't allow the city to patrol the highway, then the state needs to provide the same enforcement the city provided or speeding will increase. Most of those pulled over were in excess of 10 mph over the speed limit. I never considered it a speed trap, just a known enforced speed limit.

    May 16, 2018 at 9:22 p.m.

    Without any out of town money to keep the city up, How are they going to pay their Bills?? Cities and Towns all across America usually do this kind of stuff, but Damascus just got a little bit TOO greedy,