I was driving down Interstate 85 in Chambers County and got a ticket doing 85 in a 70 and was wondering if it's still a loss that you can't get a ticket in a town less than 19,000 people as Valley Alabama has a population of less than 19,000
Yes. A state trooper has state-wide jurisdiction.
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A state trooper is a state law enforcement officer and may arrest at any location in the state. See Code of Alabama, 1975, section 32-2-22: 'Officers have powers of peace officers.' which states in full: "Members of the state highway patrol, when duly appointed, shall have the powers of peace officers in this state and may exercise such powers anywhere within the state." [The somewhat archaic language of "state highway patrol" was reincorporated in this 1953 revision to the 1935 enabling act that created the Alabama Highway Patrol.] At any rate, the modern day successor agency to the Alabama Highway Patrol is the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency established in 2015, and all powers vested in the predecessor agencies were carried over.
You are confusing the limitation of municipal police officers to enforce speed limit laws on the interstate highway with municipal populations of 19,000 or less. Code section 32-5A-171 (8) states: "A law enforcement officer or a peace officer of any incorporated municipality or town which has less than 19,000 inhabitants according to the most recent federal decennial census shall not enforce this section on any interstate highway." Therefore, any limitation on speed enforcement on the interstate is limited only to a municipal officer employed by a municipality of 19,000 population or less, but not a Sheriff's deputy or a state trooper (or for that matter, to any police officer employed by a municipality with a population of 19,000 or greater.)
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