How Do Speed Traps Work? What Can Be Done to Avoid Them

How Do Speed Traps Work? What Can Be Done to Avoid Them

Most of the time when someone gets a speeding ticket, they are caught in what’s known as a speed trap. What was a great day has become somewhat tainted with this speeding ticket or citation you now have.

How do speed traps work?

A speed trap is when an officer uses stealth normally hiding behind something to enforce the speed limit in that area. Many jurisdictions rely on the fees that come from fines to fund the court system or police officers so these traps are employed from time to time to give out tickets as well as to notify the drivers in the area that excessive speeding is not going to be tolerated.

There are some common speed traps to avoid. If you are going down a fairly straight road and notice high bushes or signs, it might be a good place for a trap. Another type of trap involves hills. You may be driving along the highway and find that over the top of the hill is a cop waiting for speeders.

Another speed trap involves going into small towns along a highway. You may have been going 65 miles per hour the last few hours and are suddenly encountering speeds of 35 miles an hour or less. If you don’t slow down fast enough, there may be a local cop ready to pull you over.

The best advice is to drive safely at all times and not speed. Many give advice to having high tech radar detectors and scanners. While these may work right now it’s only months away before the police have equipment and technology that makes those useless.

Sometimes though even when doing what you are supposed to do tickets happen. Sometimes mistakes happen. If you get a ticket, it’s annoying but some speeding tickets can be fought in court. If you feel your are innocent or want to try to reduce your fines, fighting the speeding ticket is the only option to getting tickets thrown out or reduced.