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Senator cited for speeding, complains about delay

Posted April 14, 2010

— A state senator who was ticketed last month for speeding said Wednesday that his only concern about the incident was the length of time it took to issue the citation.

Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, was stopped at a traffic March 31 checkpoint on U.S. Highway 264 near N.C. Highway 39. He was cited for driving 84 mph in a 70-mph zone.

Davis issued a statement Wednesday saying that he was on his way to a legislative committee meeting when he was pulled over. He expressed frustration with the amount of time officers took before giving him his ticket so he could continue on his way.

"I do not believe that legislators are above the law or should be exempt from speeding laws," he said. "I have a great deal of respect for our law enforcement community and believe that it is important for everyone, including myself, to obey the law.

"I plan to pay this citation and have never had plans of introducing legislation to exempt lawmakers from speeding laws," he said.

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  • eson871 Apr 15, 2010

    So let me get this straight, his complaint is that it took too long. It seems he delayed the officer's time on this stop by asking to speak to a supervisor and why did he need to speak to a supervisor. HMM sounds like a power trip to me. The officer did a fantastic job by stopping a speeder who could have have had a crash and hurt or killed himself or someone else by his excessive speed. Senators are not exempt from laws and can hurt or kill someone in a crash, lets just remember Senator Ted Kennedys traffic crash.