• May 30, 2007
Few moments in life are less welcomed than when a sprightly sprint in your automobile is cut short by flashing red lights in your rearview mirror. In that moment, you know that you're out well over $100, you'll have to take time off work for court, and your insurance is likely to go up by 10 percent or more.
The Speed Trap Exchange was created to alert drivers of speed traps, and to tip off locations where traffic patrols are heaviest. The folks over at Speed Trap compiled a list of the 10 worst places in the US in which not to speed based on the input of over 10,000 site users. Lucky for me, my hometown is in the Detroit suburbs, which took the No. 1 spot. Hit the jump to view all top 10 sites, and let us know if you know of an area where speed traps run ramped.

[Source: Forbes]

Top 10 US sites with speed traps (from speedtrap.org)
1. Detroit, Mich. suburbs
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
3. Houston, Texas
4. Orlando, Fla.
5. Nashville, Tenn.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Albuquerque, N.M.
8. Washington, D.C.
9. Denver, Colo.
10. Virginia Beach, Va.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Abq really is a jacked place to speed. I hear they just send your ticket in the mail.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, Orlando is horrible. I've gotten 3 completely bogus tickets that were complete lies on the part of the officers. And yet, a huge percentage of red lights are run right through. Do NOT speed here towards the end of the month. I've seen speed traps where 40 cars are pulled over around blind corners and on the other side of overpasses where you can't see them.

      Tourists plus college students plus old retirees equals very, very bad driving conditions. So, the police here have no sympathy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Valdosta, GA, I agree with. Pretty much all of Georgia -- it is my home state, but let me tell you, there are more police agencies there than anywhere! Houston County is a big-time speed trap along I-75.
      Others include Virginia along I-85, where the cops hide in the trees on the median, and Maryland along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. In NC, the cops like to hide around the curves. In SC and southern GA, they like to hide on the on-ramps too.
      I haven't been stopped in a long time (knocking on wood), and I've noticed that if I keep it at seven or so mph over the limit, cops don't even look my way. Why should they -- almost everyone else is high-rollin'.
      Nowadays
      • 7 Years Ago
      When it says DC I assume it means VA and to a lesser extent MD as well. Northern VA cops have nothing better to do than cite people for ridiculous traffic infractions.

      I once got a warning for going 7mph over in a 45.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its the speed "limit" for a reason. The speed limit, say if its 65 MPH, is 65 MPH. Its not 5 MPH over 65 or 1 MPH over 65, its 65 MPH max. Its just that Americans are such lousy drivers (I'll shamefully admit that I am an American driver, but proudly admit that I've yet to get a moving violation ticket) and they always try to bend the rules.

        It's illegal to go over the speed limit. Just like its illegal to snort cocaine. Even if you just do a tiny bit, its still illegal. Of course if its impossible to not impede the flow of traffic then you must speed but that doesn't mean you can go 20 over the limit.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Orlando? Hmm, never seen any police presence or speed traps locally or on 1-4 and every now and then will see a trooper on the turnpike. Just surprised by the ranking as I would put Gainesville, Fl and NC, SC and Georgia ahead on the list.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has become a real sore spot with me. Someone driving slightly over the speed limit is not a hazard to the public safety, but they are a great source of revenue for government agencies. I have been in law enforcement for many, many, many years and when I started it was not in the best interest to cite everyone for speeding. Too many tickets written meant a trip to the supervisor for a lecture. Now government can sell anything to the community as long as they can 1) induce fear and 2) make them believe it is a benefit to the public safety. Why raise taxes when you can get more revenue by writing traffic tickets?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agree with Houston, TX. The problem is, they don't have state income tax there, so these jerks have to get their funding from speeders. I once got pulled over doing 33 in a 35mph zone. It was a school zone between 2 and 4 pm, and the 20mph lights were flashing, but it was New Year's Day, and there was no school in session. How ridiculous. If you're driving on Holcombe Blvd/Bellaire Blvd across from St. Mark's Elementary, watch out.
      Myke Elton
      • 7 Years Ago
      HA! NEW YORK WE ARE FREE! WHERE IS NEW YORK NOW HUH!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      If you have high income, do NOT come to Finland. Your speeding tickets are nothing compared what we got here:
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/world/europe/1759791.stm

      yes, this is old "news"... Still now person with 50k USD yearly income could get here easily 500-1000 USD ticket while driving 80 at 60 area (mph).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Miska, I think that's a fair system. People who are wealthy don't ignore the traffic laws just because they can afford a ticket. However, that is one excessive fine
      • 7 Years Ago
      I believe the term you're looking for is "run rampant"
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only place I have ever seen as many cops as in the DC area is NYC. And good luck speeding in NYC!

      On the other hand, there's so much traffic in the DC area that even writing tickets all day long - which they do - most speeders get away simply because the pig already has a victim pulled over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what?? i was in Denver and Colorado Springs last year and i don't know how its possible not to speed. whenever i got on the highway i had to go at least 80mph and cops still didn't care.
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