If You Live In The US Or Canada...

@LadyMarissa (12165)
United States
April 19, 2011 8:31pm CST
http://www.speedtrap.org I have used this site before & have found it to be extremely useful!!! This site covers any speed traps in every state in the US & all the provinces & territories in Canada. In the US, you click on the state & it brings up a list of cities in the state. From the best I can tell, they list every city. I checked out my city almost 6 months ago. I found one speed trap that I had been suspicious of & I made sure to slow down when forced to go through that area!!! I do a lot of shopping close to that area & I do my best to go any other way I can to get there. I also warned anybody getting in their car where the speed trap was located & many went out in the opposite direction. I just received this link from my cousin & I went back to see where the traps are now. They have ALL been moved to new locations...3 of which I go through at a minimum of once a week. I do my best to NOT ever speed. Sadly one of the new traps makes it hard to stay within the set limit!!! The speed limit is different on each side of the road. Going toward town, I'm allowed to go 50...where leaving town I can only go 40. I do my best to make a SPECIAL effort to remember what they've done. I also found a link that tells me how to cut down on speed traps. Another thing I like is that I can go in & add any area where I know they are sitting!!! Yes, there are some chronic speeders who are dangerous & deserve to get caught!!! However, there are some innocents who may only be doing 1-2 mph over the limit & don't deserve a ticket!!! Most of the traps are set up specifically to raise revenue for the town NOT to punish chronic speeders. Have you looked up where you live & what did you think about the results???
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I think I have checked this out one time but it has been a very long time ago. I need to go back and check it again as there may now be changes to it.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
20 Apr 11
You might want to take a moment to check it again as mine has changed drastically in the last 6 months!!! I'm bookmarking the site so I can check more frequently!!!!
@dragon54u (31185)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I haven't looked up any speed traps because I always go the limit without exception. However, you bring up a good point about the different speed limits going into and out of a town. We have many little towns here and going in the limit is 35 and drops to 25. You don't get to the 55 sign for about half a mile but traffic coming in is going 55, you know what I mean. It's open farmland and I never see any police hanging out there so they either don't care or they are busy elsewhere.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I am better about NOT speeding now than I was when I was younger. God bless cruise control!!! I now set my cruise control at the speed limit & no matter how big a rush I'm in, I let the cruise control determine when I'll arrive!!! Many years back I was driving in a 55 zone & was approaching a 35 zone. I was stopped & given a ticket for driving 20 mph over the limit. When I protested to the officer that I had NOT reached the 35 zone yet, he informed me that the limit changed just as soon as I could see the sign. Don't you know about 2 weeks later I was going in the opposite direction & going from the 35 to the 55. Since I was instructed by the last officer that the limit changed just as soon as I could see the sign, I sped up to 55 & was stopped & given a ticket for going 20 mph over the limit. When I protested because I was within eyesight of the sign & therefore legal. The officer laughed at me & said that was the dumbest thing he had ever heard!!! Needless to say I went to court. I explained to the judge what the last officer said & showed him where I had paid the ticket. I also asked him for clarification as I had 2 officers give me different interpretations of the law. He said the speed changes AT the sign & if I'm ever stopped again & given a ticket for not changing my speed before the sign, I was to come back to court & he would educate the offending officer. As a matter of fact, he told his clerk to have my original ticket pulled so he could talk with the issuing officer. Knowing where the traps are located makes me even MORE aware of my speed & I will go around them so my actions are NOT open to interpretation by a grouchy officer!!!
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
20 Apr 11
WOW! I cannot believe what the officers said to you! I had to go to court once for a ticket I got while ON MY WAY to work. I will tell you, I hate Milton and I hate Fife. I usually drove on the 5 and got off to get to work but for some reason, I decided to drive back roads that morning. There was some road construction with the signs that state 'fines double in construction zones' or something. Ok... not a problem, I'm always careful when there are people working in the road. Since I wasn't familiar with the roads or speed limits where I was driving, I was careful to go with the flow of traffic and not impede it or pass anybody. I thought I was doing a good job of that, and I kept an eye out for speed limit signs. Curiously enough, I really didn't see ANY, and I know there are legal guidelines for how often one has to be posted, at least in my state. I remember something about it in the DMV handbook. It was starting to bother me that I hadn't seen any signs and had been driving at least 2 miles, I was actually ALMOST to where I turned off to go to work - and I got pulled over. I was really upset, I didn't want to be late, I was seriously like 3 blocks away from work, and I hadn't been going more than 45 and I swore the speed limit had to be 45-50, that's what everybody was driving. I did explain to the officer that there had been no signs, it was my first time driving that road, and because there were no signs I was trying to blend with traffic. He didn't argue with me about the presence or lack of signs, but he DID give me a ticket for like $470! He claimed I was driving 54 and he TOLD me the speed limit was 40. I went to court a month later because I mailed in the portion stating I was not guilty of the offense and I was going to fight it. When I went to court, I explained to the judge that there were no speed signs for at least a 2 mile stretch, it was dark when I was driving, there was construction going on, and there was no way I was driving over 50. It turns out that the last posted speed limit sign on that road HAD BEEN 50mph and since there were no more signs posted until right when I would have turned onto the road my work was on that said 40, they removed the ticket. The city apparently had to pay the money to post up 3 speed limit signs on that road afterwards, I drove that way once and saw they had been added LMAO!
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
20 Apr 11
My town posts one sign on any road entering the area that reads "speed limit 35 citywide unless otherwise posted". Then they dot sign all around & it's hard to know where it ends!!! Then the officers use or abuse it to their advantage. We're so small we only have a police chief with 3 deputies. One works first shift, one second & the other third shift. God forbid any one of them gets sick or is in a bad mood!!! They don't appreciate having to go to court either!!! As I've said, I just do my best to NOT ever speed & I avoid them like the plague!!! If they don't see me, I can't be at their mercy!!! I wonder how the one guy justifies sitting in one spot only trying to catch speeders??? Maybe I need to attend the next town council meeting & bring this to their attention!!! With 3 traps, he's sitting in his car most of the day in place of patrolling the streets!!! We don't have the crime rate most big cities do, but we still have our share of problems!!!!
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
20 Apr 11
Back before the highway system became turnpikes and expressways, we were plagued with speedtraps every where. If we had a CB radio we would be telling the other drivers where they were when we went through and lacking a radio, we would flash the headlights to let oncoming travellers know there was a 'bear' on the side of the road. So it's great that someone has had the smarts to put the traps online now. What a good idea. I got caught in one of them when I was going back and forth to my home town during my early married years. The cops liked to get people just passing through as they don't have the time to appear for a court date and will just mail in the fine. That's what I did. Speed traps were then and are now all about raking in as much money as possible. The cops don't care how fast we go really. They just want to catch us at it.
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@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
20 Apr 11
Yeah, I checked for my area of the state. One of the traps' listing is over 3 yrs old. But I didn't see any way to delete or update it.
@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I have absolutely NO complaints when an officer catches me speeding by actually catching me. However, I think speed traps should be illegal. As a matter of fact, just about 10 years ago one of the traps was taken to court & the judge made them return ALL funds collected from that particular trap & they had to restore the points taken. Of course, they weren't held responsible for the increase in insurance fees resulting from the loss of points. I was shocked when the judge ruled in favor of the drivers!!! I went back & looked to see how to get one deleted & didn't see it either. I did notice that you could vote if you think it's a speed trap or not. Maybe if enough people vote it's not a speed trap it is removed. I did see how to add a speed trap & was pleased to see that they check them out before posting!!! The rules state... Step 1 Nearest City State/Province * Rules: * - Do not include anyone's personal information (names, addresses, phone numbers.) * - Entries in ALL CAPS will not be accepted. * - Your speed trap will not appear immediately because each speed trap is moderated by a real person. Most speed traps will be approved within 24 hours. Actually, I need to go back & read a lot closer to see how I could volunteer my time to be a trap checker for my area!!! I only glanced over the information offered on how to protect yourself & need to go back & really read what they have to offer!!!
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
20 Apr 11
That's interesting Lady M! I looked up my city and pretty much saw the several places I've seen cops sitting or attempting to hide. I wish they had something like that that warned motorists of sobriety checkpoints - not because drunks should avoid them (although sorry, they should lol) but innocent people who are trying to get home or to work or whatever get STUCK in them! Even if I never drank ANYTHING, EVER, I don't feel I deserve to get stuck in a sobriety checkpoint and waste MY DAY OR NIGHT because of all the backed up traffic. I will go another way, ANY other way, even if I have to drive 20 miles out of my way. I'd still be home long before I got thru the stupid check point lol. I also believe it should be illegal for cops to HIDE. I think they should be highly visible at ALL times if they are out enforcing traffic or highway laws, not only having the lights on top of the car and the cars plainly marked, but they should be in PLAIN SIGHT. If they are hiding or using unmarked hidden cars, it should not be legal for them to pull people over or ticket them. THat's just my two cents - to me that's like recording someone without their knowledge and trying to use the evidence against them in court. The MAJORITY of people will not drive badly, run lights, run stop signs, etc IF there is a reason they shouldn't - ie they know they are being watched. The people who DO still act that way even in the presence of a cop are the ones who deserve tickets, not the ones who would follow the rules. I too agree that the majority of the times they hide and sneak around, they do it in order to gain revenue for the town. It's NOT about safety, it's about MONEY and that bugs the #$$% out of me!!!
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
20 Apr 11
I lived in one city just out of Washington DC where the police chief said being visible was the key!!! ALL his officers were required to take their patrol car home. That way he had cars all over the city at any given time. The citizens didn't know which ones were om duty & which ones weren't. So, they drove more careful anytime they saw a car. He had NO unmarked cars!!! During the time this guy was the chief, crime dropped by 50% & speeders revenue increased according to merit NOT trickery. He generated enough revenue to pay for the cars & gas without raising taxes. Plus those actually breaking the law were the ones paying for the privilege!!!!
@BarBaraPrz (16355)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
20 Apr 11
Here in Hamilton, we have something called Speed Watch. Auxillary police and policing volunteers set up in an area where there have been complaints of speeding. A large electronic board is set up that shows the speed the vehicle is going. The vehicle make/model/color and license plate number are noted. Anyone doing 10 over (I think... it's been a few years since I worked it) gets a ticket. Those just a couple klicks over get a letter in the mail. The objective is NOT to raise funds, but to raise awareness. Since you do your best not to speed, you shouldn't be worried about speed "traps". As for the discrepancy in speed limits on that stretch of road you mentioned, you should bring it to the attention of your city's traffic division.
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
20 Apr 11
This discussion has brought several things to mind that needs to be changed. I think I'll be attending the next town council meeting to address the problems I'm seeing. I might also start up a community watch to gather fact finding information to prove my points!!!!