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11th ACR27 Feb 2014 12:51 a.m. PST

You ever get a speeding ticket here in the U.S.A. bor Canada.

Browse for specific speed traps by clicking on the appropriate state or province below.

Over 80,000 speed trap locations in the United States and Canada are listed!

The National Speed Trap Exchange

Arteis Inactive Member27 Feb 2014 12:58 a.m. PST

Excellent, let's negate some of the efforts to reduce the road toll.

Oddball27 Feb 2014 5:57 a.m. PST

Some of this seems to be a bit "dated" with construction speed reports from areas in 2006.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2014 7:09 a.m. PST

They also post where the DUI checkpoints are.

Pull from both sites and you can go 100MPH while loaded.

Don't do the crime….

Dn Jackson27 Feb 2014 7:13 a.m. PST

Or, you could just try doing the speed limit.

I looked at the area where I work and just laughed. They list 'speed traps' where there are up to six signs saying the speed limit is going down. And people still insist on speeding there….and complaining when they get caught.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2014 7:30 a.m. PST

You ever get a speeding ticket here in the U.S.A. bor Canada.

Once in my life. I was going 65 in a 55 zone which, although it was 4 lanes with a separated median continuous with the Interstate (which was 65), was technically a piece of county road and therefore default 55 mph. About twelve years later, I was working through some safety information and stats and found out that the state had to cede the piece of road as they weren't doing the required maintenance, which included actually marking the 1/4 mile piece as county road.

Even while I was doing that, I was that guy in the right lane going (what I thought was) speed limit. Slow down by the time you reach the sign. Speed up after you pass it.

Oddball27 Feb 2014 7:56 a.m. PST

DUI checkpoint updates don't work at least in Massachusetts. They are randomized every time. Even the guys assigned to them don't know where they are setting up until they report for duty.

That way only the officers (Lt and Cpt) in charge can warn their friends not to drive down that road on Saturday night.

Gotta love officers.

Terrement Inactive Member27 Feb 2014 8:13 a.m. PST

One problem is from what cities like DC are doing – speed traps via photo only. You get a letter in the mail with a time-stamped picture of your car/license with a location and the speed indicated on radar. Given the amount of people who are visiting on business or recreation, it is often difficult sked wise to get to appear in court. Appeal by mail and what can you say – "I don't think I was really going that fast" (which you can't prove) vs. a police radar gun picture, that has the claim "These radar sensors are calibrated daily." Who is the judge going to believe?
Are the radar guns calibrated daily? Really? Any temptation by any city to increase revenue by fudging the calibration a bit?

You tell me.




Don't get me wrong – I'm all for DUI traps and safe driving. Just not so sure that these camera traps are as profitable as they are because of the right reasons.


Jana Wang Inactive Member27 Feb 2014 9:02 a.m. PST

The entire state of Illinois is a speed trap.

Toronto48 Inactive Member27 Feb 2014 10:58 a.m. PST

Given badly maintained roads, too much traffic and lousy weather just being able to go at posted speeds is rarely possible.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2014 11:08 a.m. PST

My wife and I went to Ireland and Scotland on vacation in 2012. The road map for Ireland highlighted the speed traps. As we approached the area there signs notified me that the next X KM was a speed trap in so many words. The parking places for Garda were plainly marked. The cameras were there with warning signage for them too.

In Edinburgh Scotland I saw what was a remarkable use of cameras at intersections. There would be a Red Light Camera and a Speed Camera catching you one way or the other or both if you were foolish enough to try to run the light over the limit. As We approached each intersection our in car GPS would warn us of the Red Light/Speed cameras at the next intersection.


Ron W DuBray Inactive Member27 Feb 2014 11:37 a.m. PST

some places are worse then others, but at least here the police are facing jail time.


GR C1727 Feb 2014 12:13 p.m. PST

The one "nice" thing about most of the speed camera's around the DC / Baltimore area is they have semi permanent locations. Once you know where they are, you should be ok. Howard county uses a couple of mobile ones that are mounted in the Dodge/Mercedes/Freightliner Sprinters. (White panel vans with a pointed nose)

As for red light cameras,I've no problem with them as Baltimore welcome signs seem to have the tag line "Red Lights Optional"!

11th ACR27 Feb 2014 11:17 p.m. PST

Yea, King City is about 1 hr west of me.
Nice little town.

Mako11 Inactive Member08 Mar 2014 5:11 p.m. PST

Busts increase exponentially at the end of the month, since they've gotta make their quota, to pay for their salary, and that of the other bureaucrats, so beware.

Last ticket I got was from trying to get out of the way of some nutjob in a large vehicle, hurtling at me from behind, at 100+ MPH.

Turns out it was a Highway Patrol Officer. Should have fought that one in court, but the city was too far away to make the travel expense worthwhile.

haywire Supporting Member of TMP18 Mar 2014 6:44 a.m. PST

I just started using WAZE on my smart phone. Its pretty up to date with speed traps, accidents, and traffic.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2014 1:42 p.m. PST

Busts increase exponentially at the end of the month, since they've gotta make their quota, to pay for their salary, and that of the other bureaucrats, so beware.

Apparently, that's not true. Studies actually show a slight dip in the middle of the month, with a slight increase in the beginning and end of the month. If you want to call that an increase in ticketing at the end of the month, go ahead. Exponential? Not a chance.

Here is one example from data supplied by the City of Baltimore:


dapeters25 Mar 2014 8:41 a.m. PST

Then there this


Old Slow Trot Inactive Member28 Apr 2014 7:09 a.m. PST

Me and the wife were on the bus coming home from work,and the local police,and a few from county and state,had a sobriety checkpoint set up;slowed us up some,but we managed to get home OK.

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