Speed traps are the means by which a fair number of municipalities with a tiny native population managed to load their coffers. Officially, of course, speed traps will be denied to have ever existed, much less exist now. Anyone routinely caught speeding on the very same stretch of road can tell you differently. So, then, is it actually possible to forecast the existence of something that unofficially is non-existent?
Yes. The easy way, provided you have access to the internet, is surf over to one of the most useful web sites in the world, Speedtrap.org. Speedtrap.org is an easy to use site that allows you to track down where in just about any city or town is the location of a suspected speed trap. The problem is that you are going on contributions from users that may or not be updated to indicate if the trap still exists or has moved on. If you are driving through an unfamiliar part of this country and want to provide an additional level of protection against speeding through a speed trap, then here is some useful advice.
Look For Blind Areas
The overwhelming majority of speed traps are going to be located in an area in which the law enforcement officer can hide in a blind spot. The ideal site for a cop is a place where you cannot notice his presence while you speed past until it is too late. Therefore, always be wary of roads that take you around a bend, send you up over a hill, direct you to drive beneath a bridge or that in some other way allow a cop to hide.
If you notice one car directly in front of you suddenly being afflicted with the red glare of brake lights, you may or may not be in a speed trap. If three or four or ten cars up ahead of you all seem to suddenly be driven by motorists with a lead foot on the brake, it’s time for your speed trap radar to kick on. Especially if you cannot spot any obvious reason ahead of you for the massive directive to slow down.
Driving Through Mayberry
The interstate system is not immune to speed traps, but you are far, far more likely to run across a speed trap if you are driving down a more local type of road. Little old highways and state roads and county roads that offer miles and miles of rural area before taking you through a real life incarnation of Mayberry are the perfect spot for speed traps. Always be on the lookout, of course, but definitely take notice of speed signs as you approach the town. It is not uncommon to be driving down a highway that slowly allows you to decelerate from 55mph to 45mph to 25mph. A speed trap is going to eschew the middle range and expect you to go from 55mph to 30mph in the blink of an eye. And if your blink coincides with the sign indicating the drop in speed limit, you are placing yourself right into the hands of cops sitting in wait in a speed trap.
Notice the Speed of Cars Driving in the Opposite Direction
The law states that all signs indicating the speed limit must be posted in a visible location. Like all laws, this one is subject to a wide range of interpretation by the most egregiously predatory of law enforcement agencies relying on the income generated by speed traps. If you notice that cars coming in the other direction seem to be driving at a rate much slower than you are going, it may well be because you didn’t see the sign indicating that you should be going thirty or forty miles per hour slower than you should. Oh, it may well be posted and even may be visible…if you know where it is located and are looking for it. Base your speed on the cars around you and not the last sign you saw suggesting you are okay at 55mph.