Miami-Dade Police last week began an unholy crackdown on speeders, giving plenty of South Florida drivers something to gripe about: record-high $600 tickets. For road demons who are still stewing, meet the county's latest citizen watchdog: a self-appointed speed trap sleuth who calls himself the "Fuzz Buster."
The sly, secretive Coral Gables man prides himself on revealing the times and locations of the 5-0's favorite sneaky spots to radar around town. He posts the colorful warnings in the "Local News" section of Craigslist Miami. On April 24, for example, he advised, "After dark, usually around 10 p.m., cops sit in the dark beside the Granada golf course, pointing their laser guns at cars coming north from Coral Way." He followed it up with a couple of obligatory copper slurs and then signed off using his pseudonym.
Four days later, he returned with an entry titled "Speed Trap Gone." He credited himself. "One must assume [people are] passing these postings on to the Gables authorities," he wrote.
The Fuzz Buster — who probably wears a Dick Tracy trench coat — would communicate with Riptide only via posts on Craigslist. He says the Coral Gables Police Department has subpoenaed the website for his email and computer routing number in order to file a libel suit against him. He wouldn't phone Riptide because he's certain spies are watching his every move.
Says police spokesperson Janette Frevola: "It's the first I've heard of him. It seems like people should have the right to say what they want."
Is he paranoid? Probably. But he's also undeterred. "Stay tuned," he writes. "There's more to come... Keep your eye on the needle."