A Frisco man is trying to clear his name after he was arrested for warning drivers about speed traps.
He says the sign he was holding was safer and just as effective as the officers going after speeders.
Ron Martin, 33, had his first court appearance Wednesday. He would stand in the median on Eldorado Parkway, holding a sign that read "Police ahead," to let drivers know there would be an officer waiting for them at the other side of the bridge.
Martin, 33, captured his own arrest Oct. 23 on his cell phone. The father and Frisco resident says he was fed up and made the sign.
Martin, a mechanic and sign painter by trade, estimates he has filed 10 complaints with Frisco Police about what he calls unsafe practices by officers running speed enforcement, adding that even though police followed up with him, his complaints didn't go anywhere.
"They hide behind signs and they use their motorcycles sitting in the road, sun going down, without lights or anything," said Martin. "I just feel like it was a little bit unsafe, not only for citizens, but for police officers having to do their job."
Wednesday, FOX4 happened to see a speed trap on Eldorado Parkway near where Martin was arrested. Eldorado is a main artery with hills and long stretches without traffic lights.
In Martin's arrest report, the arresting officer, Thomas Mrozinski, said he suspected Martin was holding his sign that day when drivers started waving at him.
In the police report, Mrozinski said he was familiar with Martin and had seen him two other times that month holding his sign in the median, trying to interfere with speed enforcement.
"They are treating me like a nuisance, and it's really frustrating," said Martin.
Police confiscated Martin's sign and arrested him for violating a city ordinance prohibiting certain types of signs.
On one occasion, the officer told him he'd be cited if he posted the sign in the ground. The other time, police say Martin was running back and forth in the median holding his sign.
"I feel like I am completely right, because I know my true intent is to help," said Martin.
While Martin was originally arrested for violating an ordinance prohibiting human signs, he learned Wednesday in court that that changed. The city said it no longer applied; instead, he's accused of violating another broader ordinance covering a variety of different signs.
FOX4 has left several messages for police, but we haven't gotten a response so far. Since police haven't responded, whether or not Martin made the complaints he mentioned can't be verified.
Martin says he ultimately wants to see less speed traps, and thinks signage reading, "High traffic enforcement area" like some cities use would be a good start.
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