Billy Swails bitches about Mt. P police, speed traps

Mayor says wife's speeding ticket is not the reason he's upset ... right

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Here's a simple truth: The person most likely to complain to the police about speeding drivers in his or her neighborhood is often the very person who is most apt to speed in his or her own neighborhood.

You know this is true. There's no point in arguing it. It's like in the Constitution.

And if it's not there, then the Bible. Yeah. The Bible.

OK, maybe not there. But what about The Art of War?

Green Eggs and Ham?

The latest issue of Marie Claire?

A piece of paper on my desk?

But the point is these kind of people are hypocritical assholes, and you can be damn sure they will raise a royal ruckus whenever they get a speeding ticket while burning rubber through a residential neighborhood. Speeding is not something they do; it's something other people do. And, well, if they do do it, then there's a damn good reason: they've got to go potty or they maybe they left the stove on or they have to get home in time to see the start of the South Carolina-Auburn game ... you know, so that they can see whether or not their one-man offense — Marcus Lattimore — can overcome the many missteps of the burly, beer-swilling oaf at QB.

Which brings us to the silly and sad case of Mt. Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails. See, according to a recent Post and Courier report, Swails' wife got a speeding ticket in their neighborhood. Billy got mad. But he says that's not why he got mad. He's mad about crime. Rising crime. Dangerous crime. Crime that takes place in other neighborhoods, i.e. the ones in which he doesn't live.

If you have ever wanted to hear what the sound of panties getting in a wad sound like, here's what Mayor Swails said to the P&C about his wife getting a speeding ticket for driving over the speed limit in a residential area, I mean, this horrible miscarriage of justice:

He said more residents are worried about violent crime, such as armed robberies, than speeding. Swails characterized the effort as a speed trap and suggested that perhaps there are too many officers chasing town speeders in subdivisions rather than hardened criminals ...

Swails said the fact that Peggy Swails got a speeding ticket in Hobcaw has nothing to do with his opinion of the operation.

Do you buy that? I sure as hell don't.

But this next bit really ticked me off:

"I just don't like speed traps. If they are speeding, stop 'em. Say 'Please slow down,' " Swails said.

Hmm. I don't know about you, but that sounds like Mayor Swails wants the police to, you know, not enforce the law. A little warning will do just fine ... especially when it's his wife who is speeding.

Ugh.

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