Skip to comments.Cities with the most speed traps
Posted on 02/11/2012 11:15:05 AM PST by Daffynition
When lead-footed drivers get snagged and ticketed, their downfall might have been passing a speed trap where a cop was using radar or a laser, or maybe the driver passed a speed camera. However, as technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Now joining the radar detector is crowd-sourced reporting of speed traps, a virtual warning system using the Internet and a mobile app.
This list of the 10 most-active cities for speed traps was compiled by Trapster.com, a community platform accessed online and via smartphone app, that alerts drivers to traps, hazards and other traffic issues nearby.
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However, I got a cop to tell me it was spelled “Lie Dar” with a laugh.
That was all I needed, the prosecutor dropped the case against me.
(I drive 30,000 miles a year. I try to follow the law, but speed traps, where the speed limit drops and then goes up again, for no apparent reason, really bother me.)
I haven’t looked at the list yet, but I would nominate Madison Co. Fl. They are on the I-10 corridor and reap huge tickets and drugs.
I don’t speed. My if I were a speeder or drunk driver, I would prefer to be in these metro areas. Hard to blend in on a country road when you are the only car there... but I get the authors point.
I vote for Chandler, TX about 8 miles SW of Tyler in NE TX on SH31.
In some of these cities it’s more about traffic cameras than about speed traps. They’re more likely to catch people who go through red lights or fail to stop at stop signs than those who are exceeding the speed limit.
I vote for Quanah TX in Hardeman Co. US287 is one long speed trap between Wichita Falls and Amarillo.
Seward’s Junction, TX north of Austin. They’ll ticket you while admitting you were going the speed limit.
Its not about speed, safety or even the law. Its about revenue.
You’re correct. Madison County issued 7,000 moving violations last year. Unfortunately only 2,000 people live there. Welcome to the south..
Cannot forget Millersville, TN. They watch I-65 pretty closely. They got me back in Jan !
I love my K40 All-Band Radar & LIDAR Deflector ...it has *saved* my life more than once...but you have to react very quickly to slow down. The most annoying, here in CT is being *clocked* by the cop...has happened a couple of times ...and having the court nolle it are pretty slim, unless you get an attorney.
A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that measured his speed using radar and photographed his car. He later received in the mail a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car. Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another picture...of handcuffs. The motorist promptly sent the money for the fine. :)
I will add:
Vider, tx; a legendary speedtrap well known throughout the South
McClintock, tx bad
$ealy, tx. So bad that many of the people who live in the surrounding area go to other nearby towns to shop. I have bought nothing in sealy for at least 10 years becuase of the speed traps. They have high ticket collection revenues, they but have lost 10 times or 20 times that in sales taxes. Many millions of dollars have been lost because many of the people who refuse to shop there are ranchers who drop 20,000 oe 30,000 on equipment when they go to shop. Really bad management.
As I told one store owner “customer service begins at the city limits”.
If someone’s speeding in the first place, I’ve never understood how it can be a “trap.”
I would have guessed that one of the top 10 would have been in Georgia. On our last trip to FL we hardly even saw a State Trooper or a Cruiser until we crossed into GA, where they were wall-to-wall, and were writing tickets like there was no tomorrow! And when we crossed into Florida, you could hear the crickets once again.
Colorado Springs at number 9? That’s a laugh. Maybe at number 99, but not 9.
I lived there for more than 20 years, no speed traps, no undue pressure on motorists.
I suspect a ‘gay’ influence to the list. Gays hate Colorado Springs.
I drive thru it so often that I can almost predict where the cops will be at any given time of the day.......
Don’t speed and you won’t care where the speed traps are.
Soon Chicago will have the most speed traps. Rahm will be putting in speed cameras on any street within 2 miles of a school. This will cover at least 50% of all city streets. He says it’s not about revenue, that it’s about saving children. Uh huh. Even though most deaths of pedestrians do not take place near schools or involve speed in excess of the posted limit. Gov. Quinnochio says about this, “When you save just one life, you save the whole world.” Why are we afflicted with such political freaks? Oh, wait. I know. It’s because the Democrat machine of Chicago runs or tries to run almost everything in the state.
I know, and that’s what I do. I was posting that for other’s edification.
Summersville, West Virginia!
followed by Handley, Pratt and Smithers, West Virginia.
East Lansing, Michigan has to be on the list, followed by Redford, Novi, and Farmington Hills in that order.
I haven’t been up there for years, but I’m surprised the roads are in good enough shape to even drive the limit, let alone speed.
Hanging Rock, Ohio.
Four lane superhighway US 52 suddenly drops from 65 to 55 mph at Hanging Tree, er Rock. 55 means 55 mph.
To contest a speeding ticket, you go to Mayor’s court. Mayor, BTW, hires the LEO’s. Court date is regularly changed from the Friday date of appearance on the ticket to Monday by a post-it note stuck on the village hall door. “Sorry for the inconvenience.” LOL.
Toledo Blade reported the entire property tax base of HR is $3200.00, yet Hanging Rock rakes in over $200k in traffic fines annually.
There was a sh!tty little burb in Cleveland named Linndale that had a 200 ft jurisdiction on I-71 that used to pull that stuff.
Don’t know if they are still at it or not, been gone 30 yrs.
Hanging Rock, Ohio From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hanging Rock is a village in Lawrence County, Ohio, United States, along the Ohio River. The population was 279 at the 2000 census. It is regularly labeled a speed trap as the state auditor reported $109,186 in mayor’s court receipts in 2000 compared with $3,106 in property taxes.
Hanging Rock is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA); it had a population of 288,649 at the 2000 census.
In early January 2008, Hanging Rock became subject of a lawsuit challenging the legality of its mayor’s court. The suit was filed by Karen Lahr, and names Mayor Chris Davidson among the defendants.
I’m callin’ BS on this one. Even ignoring the S-band radar vs. anti-air radar threat receivers issue, the Sidewinder is an air-to-air intercept missile (and uses an infra-red targeting system). The HARM anti-radar missile would be the appropriate ATG ordnance for the situation...
Since the graphic uses quotes around the response by the RAF, I’m assuming they are repeating it verbatim... in which case either the RAF officer is completely incompetent, or the “quote” is made up completely...
Use to work in Fraser, and the city IS A SPEED TRAP!!!!
Never got a ticket, but a lot of coworkers did, and it was a small shop.
I71 at 130th St. not listed as a speed trap since 2005. IIRC, about five years ago Linndale had a LEO or two severely injured and several patrol cars wrecked during a traffic stop enforcing their 200ft of Interstate highway. Village residents were very angry.
That's why he's so much in favor of abortion-killing.
Actually not true.
A city that wants to encourage SAFE driving and minimize accidents will have large and clearly visible speed limit signs which will gradually step down from highway speed to urban speed.
A city that WANTS people to speed and therefore generate revenue will have poorly marked speed limit signs and speeds that drop down from 65 to 30 in a quarter mile or so.
The latter is the definition of a "speed trap" and again, it's designed to trick you into speeding, not warn you against it.
When teh speed limit on a road changes several times in the space of a few miles for no apparent reason, it’s not for safety, it’s “revenue enhancement”.
Example: A commuter artery near me has just been re-jigged (to put in bicycle lanes), with traffic islands (for hiding cop cars) in the middle of the road, wide sidewalks, etc. The toward town speed limit on this road starts off at 30 mph, drops to 25, then there is a ONE BLOCK section of 30 mph, immediately after which it drops to 20 mph. Then it returns to 30 mph. The other direction limits are NOT the mirror image, there is one less speed change heading out of town.
This is in 3 miles. Oh, and even after the re-jigging and 40 MILLION dollars in improvements, some of the speed limit signs are somewhat obscured. But they’re not speed traps, right?
Point taken-—that, indeed, does sound like a speed trap.
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