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The Worst Speed Trap Cities In The United States

Posted on November 16th, 2007 in , , | 392 Comments

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. As people prepare for their holiday trips, they should be on the lookout for speed traps.

Nothing can ruin a vacation more quickly than an undeserved speeding ticket. As a public service, the National Motorists Association (NMA) has prepared a list of the worst speed trap cities in all fifty states.

This list was created from the NMA’s SpeedTrap Exchange (, a site devoted to identifying the location of speed traps.

The results were drawn from a combination of two sources.

The first source was an online poll on the NMA network of websites ( & The poll asked visitors to choose the worst speed trap city in their state. The second source was an analysis of the postings on over the last two years.

All motorists would be well-advised to keep these locations in mind while driving this holiday:


Worst Speedtrap: Montgomery
Dishonorable Mention: Birmingham, Huntsville, Uniontown


Worst Speedtrap: Anchorage
Dishonorable Mention: Fairbanks, Juneau, Seward


Worst Speedtrap: Tucson
Dishonorable Mention: Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale


Worst Speedtrap: Little Rock
Dishonorable Mention: Augusta, Fayetteville, Parkin


Worst Speedtrap: Fresno
Dishonorable Mention: Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Jose


Worst Speedtrap: Colorado Springs
Dishonorable Mention: Aurora, Denver, Fort Collins


Worst Speedtrap: Enfield
Dishonorable Mention: Danbury, Groton, New Canaan


Worst Speedtrap: Newark
Dishonorable Mention: Dover, Felton, Fenwick Island


Worst Speedtrap: Waldo
Dishonorable Mention: Lawtey, Ocala, Orlando


Worst Speedtrap: Pendergrass
Dishonorable Mention: Atlanta, Duluth, Marietta,


Worst Speedtrap: Honolulu
Dishonorable Mention: Kailua, Kaimuki, Maui


Worst Speedtrap: Boise
Dishonorable Mention: Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Post Falls


Worst Speedtrap: Naperville
Dishonorable Mention: Carol Stream, New Lenox, Peoria


Worst Speedtrap: Indianapolis
Dishonorable Mention: Bloomington, Culver, Fort Wayne


Worst Speedtrap: Des Moines
Dishonorable Mention: Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport


Worst Speedtrap: Shawnee
Dishonorable Mention: Leawood, Overland Park, Topeka


Worst Speedtrap: Louisville
Dishonorable Mention: Lexington, Middlesboro, Owensboro


Worst Speedtrap: Woodworth
Dishonorable Mention: Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Metairie


Worst Speedtrap: Kittery
Dishonorable Mention: Augusta, Falmouth, Portland


Worst Speedtrap: Frederick
Dishonorable Mention: Columbia, Hagerstown, Waldorf


Worst Speedtrap: Worcester
Dishonorable Mention: Lowell, Newton, Springfield


Worst Speedtrap: Livonia
Dishonorable Mention: Ann Arbor, Redford, Warren


Worst Speedtrap: Minneapolis
Dishonorable Mention: Bloomington, Elk River, Plymouth


Worst Speedtrap: Starkville
Dishonorable Mention: Jackson, McComb, Tupelo


Worst Speedtrap: Foristell
Dishonorable Mention: Curryville , Independence, St. Charles


Worst Speedtrap: Missoula
Dishonorable Mention: Darby, Havre, Joliet


Worst Speedtrap: Omaha
Dishonorable Mention: Bellevue, Grand Island, Lincoln


Worst Speedtrap: Las Vegas
Dishonorable Mention: Henderson, Pahrump, Reno


Worst Speedtrap: Manchester
Dishonorable Mention: Nashua, New London, Somersworth


Worst Speedtrap: Paramus
Dishonorable Mention: Bridgewater, Monroe Township, North Brunswick


Worst Speedtrap: Albuquerque
Dishonorable Mention: Cuba, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho


Worst Speedtrap: Brooklyn
Dishonorable Mention: Batavia, Rochester, Staten Island


Worst Speedtrap: Raleigh
Dishonorable Mention: Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington


Worst Speedtrap: Grand Forks
Dishonorable Mention: Fargo, Thompson, Washburn


Worst Speedtrap: Columbus
Dishonorable Mention: Akron, Canton, Lindale


Worst Speedtrap: Caney
Dishonorable Mention: Moffet, Moore, Kiowa


Worst Speedtrap: Portland
Dishonorable Mention: Beaverton, Eugene, Springfield


Worst Speedtrap: Horsham
Dishonorable Mention: Feasterville, Harrisburg, Warrington


Worst Speedtrap: Providence
Dishonorable Mention: Johnston, Pawtucket, Warwick


Worst Speedtrap: Greenville
Dishonorable Mention: Columbia, Gaffney, Society Hill


Worst Speedtrap: Sioux Falls
Dishonorable Mention: Rapid City, Wagner, Yankton


Worst Speedtrap: Nashville
Dishonorable Mention: Memphis, Piperton, Smyrna


Worst Speedtrap: Houston
Dishonorable Mention: Arlington, Austin, Estelline


Worst Speedtrap: Sandy
Dishonorable Mention: Roy, Salt Lake City, West Valley City


Worst Speedtrap: Wilmington
Dishonorable Mention: Barre Town, Island Pond, Norwich


Worst Speedtrap: Virginia Beach
Dishonorable Mention: Chesapeake, Emporia, Norfolk


Worst Speedtrap: Bellingham
Dishonorable Mention: Black Diamond, Ritzville, Seattle,


Worst Speedtrap: Summersville
Dishonorable Mention: Charleston, Gauley Bridge, Hurricane


Worst Speedtrap: Rosendale
Dishonorable Mention: Appleton, Milwaukee, Waukesha


Worst Speedtrap: Thermopolis
Dishonorable Mention: Cheyenne, Jackson Hole, Rawlins

Although these are the worst speed trap cities in the nation, arbitrarily low speed limits combined with heavy enforcement means there are many other areas in which drivers should be alert to avoid traffic citations.

Motorists who wish to enjoy their travelling time this weekend should visit for a full list and specific locations of speed traps.

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392 Responses to “The Worst Speed Trap Cities In The United States”

  1. Kenneth Modawell says:

    White Deer Texas is the worst speed trap in west Texas.

  2. JT says:

    I can't believe nobody mentioned the sadistic towns of Jasper, Woodstock and Holly Springs, GA. All are famous, but Woodstock took the cake when they posted a 25 MPH speed limit along a previously 45 MPH zone along a two mile stretch of Old Ga. 5. The 25 MPH stretch was previously a few blocks long in downtown. Pretty much anywhere in the counties listed as part of Metro Atlanta are bad, and the only reason they aren't considered much worse is because of the speed trap laws…it was horrible prior to the passing of that. I think the mention of Marietta, GA as a speed trap was actually referring more to Cobb County. The "Cobb" is known locally as "Count on being busted". I have been pulled over countless times by Cobb County cops for pretty much anything and everything.

    In NC, avoid anywhere around Murphy along the main US highways (64 & 74).

    In TN, avoid Benton, but especially Red Bank and Morristown…both have speed cameras. I would advise anyone to boycott and encourage others to boycott a town that they know has speed cameras. Elizabethton and Johnson City are also absolutely horrible. The stretch in JC in front of the mall I witnessed drivers being pulled over right and left.

  3. Watch Out in Camden, SC says:

    Watch out in Camden, SC. This is a known speed trap. Exit 98 off I-20, don’t get off I-20 here. Trooper just sits there and pulls people over. He especially likes out of state tags. I saw him pull over 3 people in less than 10 minutes.

    FYI-I was not speeding but since I live in Florida what recourse do I have.
    When I called the SC Troopers another trooper told me to “ask for the 2 point discount” When I asked what that was he said if you are nice and talk to the trooper they will cut your points by 2 and halve the price of the ticket.

    But I thought it was about saving lives. It’s not, it’s all about the dollar bill!
    Don’t go to SC and specifically don’t go to CAMDEN SC

  4. glenn c says:

    All the city employees of Gaffney SC were promiced a $600 bonus this year. Our Mayor turned the pigs loose on speed trap Frederick st to get the money necessary to give everyone the promiced bonus. i think they acheived it in one weekend. Its time for a new mayor.

  5. Joe W (jww1) says:

    Let us not forget about Boulder City, NV. I received a violation from a charming police officer last year. I don’t even know where to begin to start with the bullshit that happened that day. First was I was accused of speeding in a school, 10:45am, 15 minutes beore 11:00am when it legally becomes a school zone. The officer (Gilliam) even started to write 10:45am on the ticket and then scribbled it out and changed it to 11:10am. I didn’t notice this until the next day. This is a lesson please completly review your ticket before leaving, I live in Massachusetts so me going back to the town to fight the ticket was impossible. I did call a lawyer but he wasn’t going to fight that oversight, The officer couldn’t spell me name right, really he wrote off my lisence and then had to scribble in a
    W infront of my name. Maybe if I brought it to the court and made a statement before I left maybe I could have gotten the ticket dropped. And this particular was very imtimidating keeping his hand on his gun while asking for my lisence, this police department beatup a 72 year old man over a traffic stop

  6. R M HOOTEN says:


    • Wil says:

      That would be Arcade, but it is ridiculous how Social Circle’s speed limit down GA-11 is 25. I live in Loganville, and while I go to Social Circle quite often, I don’t see their laws that enforced.

  7. Don Cordell says:

    In 1951 January I got a ticket in Salem, Ore. at 2 AM the officer claimed I was doing 27 in a 25 zone. Taken to the police station, and had to pay a $54 fine, or I would not be able to leave town until I did. I’ve sworn I’d get even for that before I die. This was absolutely a trap, I was already careful to be under 25 as I’d heard about Salem before. If the cop says you were speeding, you have no recourse except for violence. Salem’s day is coming. I’m only 82 at the moment, but I want them to know, I’m peeved.

  8. Benjamin says:

    Englewood Ohio has the worst speed traps in the whole country!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve seen six cops watching for speeders just going through there one time

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