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    With more and more communities going broke, 'revenue' raising is always on a politicians mind. This site may help keep more cash in your pocket. http://www.speedtrap.org/speedtraps/stetlist.asp Check out your State and local area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berean View Post
    With more and more communities going broke, 'revenue' raising is always on a politicians mind. This site may help keep more cash in your pocket. http://www.speedtrap.org/speedtraps/stetlist.asp Check out your State and local area.
    FWIW, I checked out my area and, well, frankly in a community with a bunch of law enforcement, if you do 10 over the limit in town, or over 15 on the highways, you deserve the ticket. The speed traps they mentioned are over talked, or mostly non-existant. I do not follow the speed limit all that much. But if the limit is 35, I keep it under 45. I have never gotten a ticket in my town (Parker Arizona). They generally won't write anything until 47. If you do 47 in a 35 in this town you deserve a ticket. The highways are a little riskier but even there you have to be going well over 10 over to get any attention. They will get more active in enforcement when they need money. But this is a tourist town, they don't have to "trap", there is more than enough stupid people to go around.

    FWIW, I taught traffic school for a couple of years and 19 out of 20 tickets were easily legitimate. They don't/didn't need to write cheap tickets.
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    I live/drive regularly through the three in my town haha..
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    Lakewood, Ohio.

    None of the listed "speed traps" are really speed traps. I have no sympathy for speeders. Lakewood is statistically the most densely populated community (or close), in Ohio. Small lots and narrow streets = slow your ass down.

    I signed a petition to get the speed limit lowered on Franklin Ave (I'm five houses off) from 35 to 25, from W 140 (Bunts Rd.) at Lakewood High to W 150th (Warren Rd.). We were told that they didn't want to PUNISH drivers by lowering the limit. Since when is having an environment where accidents are minimized a PUNISHMENT to drivers? None of the local residents do 35 through there.

    I was thinking of having some bumper stickers printed up to pass out at the various block parties that used to abound on side streets off of Franklin. They were going to say "Sorry--I do 30 mph on Franklin" (which should be the speed limit even EAST of the high school). I thought I'd give them to the little gals that run the lemonaid stands and let them sell them for a quarter or so. I was advised against it. This was around 15 years ago or so.
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    I checked several of the locations in California and none I saw met the definition of a "speed trap."

    I rarely if ever exceed the speed limit on a city surface street but admit to driving +6 or 7 on the freeways. Most speeders stopped deserve the ticket. (In California, exceeding the maximum speed limit (freeways, highways, etc) by 1 mph completes the offense whereas exceeding the posted safe speed on a city surface street by 1-5 is not prima facie evidence of the offense. I laugh at stories of people claiming to have received a ticket for going 1 mph over the speed limit.)

    I didn't work the traffic division but I gave far, far more warnings than I did tickets. That was true for most of the cops on my team or that I knew in the profession.

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    I forgot to mention, very little of the "revenue" generated by a citation actually makes it back to agency. The claim tickets are money makers for a municipality is largely a myth. But it makes a good anti-government story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm01 View Post
    I forgot to mention, very little of the "revenue" generated by a citation actually makes it back to agency. The claim tickets are money makers for a municipality is largely a myth. But it makes a good anti-government story.
    http://www.beloitdailynews.com/artic...ws/news801.txt "According to a recently released study published by the "Journal of Law and Economics", the number of traffic citations issued by police goes UP the year following a revenue drop." "Traffic fines are also a source of resources for the County, with fines going 100% to the county, in some cases 50/50 between County and State."
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    The town next to me once imposed a monthly citation quota on the patrol officers. If they didn't hit their quota for the month, the supervisor would change shifts and a more senior officer could get stuck with the midnight shift. Younger officers would be have promotions held back. They would write you up for the slightest infraction and often issued multiples for a single stop including 6 mph over the limit. The judge in town always backed them up and didn't care if you had a lawyer arguing your case.

    Finally, someone sued the town and it went all the way to the state supreme court where the state ruled it illegal to maintain citation quotas. The state threw out every conviction except for DUI's for the two year period this case was moving up the court system. The town had to refund 100% of the ticket cost plus all court fees for the two years. The value was huge approaching $1M. Twas, nice to get a couple of checks in the mail

    The really fun part was arguing the change with an insurance company that had used the violations to bump the insurance rates and trying to get the surcharges rebated.
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    The best prize I ever won for writing tickets was a toaster. Once I was only three cites away from winning the trip to Hawaii.

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