Newberry sends man 26-year-old speeding ticket

By Jack Kuenzie - bio | email

NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) -It's the traffic ticket that won't go away. Even after more than a quarter century.

John Jeffords of Irmo says a speeding citation issued to him in December 1985 showed up in his mail on Tuesday. The ticket, sent by the Newberry County Central Court, was issued to Jeffords by an officer who said Jeffords was going 73 miles an hour in a 55 mile an hour zone on Interstate 26.

Jeffords admits speeding and says at the time, he was driving a new Volvo 760 Turbo.

"I had a car that tended to get me in a little trouble from time to time," recounted Jeffords. "One of those, that you look down at your speedometer and you're doing 90 in a 60 or 55 mile zone at that time. So yeah, I got a few and I do remember one (ticket) in Newberry."

The ticket was dated December 9, 1985. Jeffords says he also recalls paying the fine. "The trial date was going to be between Christmas and New Year's," he said. "I was going to be out of town, so I go to a convenience store, get a money order and send the ticket off. Think nothing of it. Thought it was done."

For some reason, Newberry County never got the $45 money order. Now the violation is listed on the county's website, and the county managed to track down Jeffords to demand payment.

"I've moved numerous times," said Jeffords. "I've changed my address every time I've moved. I've paid other tickets and fines. Seemed like it would have been brought to my attention. I just don't know how it slipped through the cracks. Don't understand it."

Jeffords is trying to decide whether he should just pay the fine again and put the ticket in his past once and for all.

A magistrate court employee said records showed the fine had not been paid. She says there is no statute of limitations on traffic offenses.

The fine, she told us, "doesn't go away."

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