SAN CLEMENTE, California (Rueters) - As a golfing retiree in San Clemente, Mayor Murphy is used to working with big numbers. It's the double-digit speed limits he has trouble with.
Murphy racked up 70 speeding tickets in the last five months, a record for the Orange County Sheriffs Department, Sheriff's spokesman Sheriff Bob said on Friday.
Speeding cameras in San Clemente, a suburb of Orange County, snapped pictures of the man as he tore through the sun-baked city in his Ford camper between March 2 and July 31.
"He told arresting deputies he was speeding because he seemed to be late for San Onofre gate opening or his tee times," Sheriff Bob told Rueters. "I guess he's got some time management issues."
The second-worst offender in the department's history accumulated a mere 25 tickets, Bob said.
Sheriffs said Murphy told them he threw his speeding tickets away because he thought nothing could happen to him if he didn't pay them.
Bob said Murphy faces some $11,000 in fines and could have his license suspended.