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Residents question Halifax speed trap

Some area residents are questioning whether Halifax has become a speed trap, Halifax Council members said Tuesday night during their regular monthly council meeting.   

Earlier in the evening, Halifax Police Chief Kevin Lands reported town police had issued 74 traffic summons for the month of May, almost three times more traffic summons than his first month on the job.

He said the increase was mainly due to one of the officers coming off family leave and picking up a lot of grant hours.

In addition to the 74 traffic summons, Halifax Police made three felony arrests, 15 misdemeanor arrests, received 451 calls for summons and responded to one traffic accident in May.

 Council members commended Lands for the work he and his fellow officers have been doing.

Councilman Ronnie Duffey said officers have done “a wonderful job” cleaning up Hedderly Street where drugs allegedly were being sold.

Also Tuesday night, Lands informed council police department renovations are complete, and he thanked councilmen and Town Manager Carl Espy for helping with the work.

“I think the officers are proud you’ve given them a professional place to work, and it will help them to be professional,” Lands said.

Land said he also was happy to report police recently received a $10,000 grant from the Chastain Home, which was $4,000 more than what they received last year.