Traffic: The Last Speed Trap?

Not since Bonnieville, Ky., shaped up in 1963 had the American Automobile Association pinned its "speed trap" label on a single U.S. town. So last June, tourist-conscious Floridians were understandably irked when the A.A.A. informed its 10 million members that the tiny town of Coleman (pop. 921), north of Tampa, had suddenly become the nation's biggest speed trap—in fact the only one.

The A.A.A. had the goods on Coleman's one-man police force. Chief Ernest H. Barry, 64, had taken to lurking behind a billboard and pouncing on every unwitting out-of-towner who exceeded 15...

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