FLORIDA: Trap Sprung

Hialeah Gardens, Fla. (pop. 180) has only one distinguishing feature. Fourteen miles northwest of Miami, it straddles U.S. Highway 27, one of the roads that carry thousands of money-loaded tourists to Hialeah Race Track, just six miles away. In 1955, unhappily aware that all this traffic was racing by-much of it trying to get to the track in time for the daily double-Hialeah Gardens set itself up a whopping new industry: a speed trap.

Doubling in brass as police chief, Mayor James A. Grimsley and his five-man force blew the whistle on hundreds of motorists, in less...

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