(WMC-TV) – Southaven Mayor Greg Davis decided not to appeal a judge's ruling last month that he was guilty of passing a stopped school bus. Davis paid close to one thousand dollars in fines on his misdemeanor traffic case.
"Instead of continuing on, I made the decision to do just like anyone else to pay the ticket, go to driving school and move on," Davis said.
He was found guilty of passing a stopped school bus in his personal vehicle that was outfitted with blue lights. Davis fought the ticket and lost.
"Our argument was the city installed them," Davis said. They've been used before. Not one single law enforcement officer mentioned the use of the blue lights."
Davis said he used the blue lights in March to go after another vehicle he saw pass the school bus. He said he put no children in danger and that included his two daughters who were in the car with him.
Davis now drives a vehicle provided by the city that is equipped with amber and white lights and he said they are not easy for motorists to see.
Something he noticed when he pulled over recently at the scene of an accident with injuries.
"Not a sole paid attention to my car," Davis said.
Davis still must deal with the state auditor's attempt to garnish his pay and his ex wife's petition demanding custody of their three children and court ordered child support.
"We have other issues we have to deal with and we're working on those hopefully we will get those resolved soon," Davis added.
Since Davis took the driving school option that he personally asked for, the ticket will not go on his driving record. Davis says his main goal is concentrating on moving the city of Southaven forward.