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Anyone who’s ever gotten caught in what is commonly referred to as a “speed trap” knows a thing or two about bad luck. Maybe it’s our own inattention to posted speed limits or deliberate violation of the law, but when we get that ticket, we feel the pain.
Now, just in time for the Labor Day weekend and the expected crush of drivers on the road comes a report from the National Motorists Association listing the top 25 speed trap cities in the U.S. and Canada.
First, however, we need to point out that this is not a scientific study. It’s rather a compilation of data based on actual motorists who’ve gotten a ticket and felt the need to report their tickets to the NMA’s website. The list of cities comprises the most-reported speed traps since September 1, 2009. So, take that with a grain of salt.
It’s still interesting to note that Livonia, Michigan, a suburb, is number one on the list, with a reported (according to the NMA list) 27.9 established speed traps per 100,000 residents. In the interest of full-disclosure, this reporter once lived in Livonia and can attest to the diligence of its police officers.
Looking further into the top 25 speed trap cities, it’s also a bit revealing that there are four California cities listed, four in Canada and Florida, three in Texas, two in Colorado and Nevada, and one each in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, Louisiana and New York.
Here is the full list, with number of reported speed traps per 100,000 residents:
(1) Livonia, Michigan – 27.9
(2) Windsor, Ontario, Canada – 17.6
(3) Orlando, Florida – 17.2
(4) Las Vegas, Nevada – 11.1
(5) Denver, Colorado – 10.9
(6) Reno, Nevada – 10.4
(7) Tampa, Florida – 8.9
(8) Colorado Springs, Colorado – 7.2
(9) Austin, Texas – 6.1
(10) Sarasota, Florida – 6.1
(11) Portland, Oregon – 5.8
(12) Jacksonville, Florida – 5.4
(13) San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County) – 5.3
(14) Fresno, California – 5.0
(15) Hamilton, Ontario, Canada – 5.0
(16) New Orleans, Louisiana – 4.7
(17) Toronto, Ontario (Greater Toronto area), Canada – 4.7
(18) Houston, Texas (Harris County) – 4.0
(19) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – 3.3
(20) San Diego, California (San Diego County) – 3.2
(21) Indianapolis, Indiana – 3.2
(22) San Jose, California – 3.1
(23) Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) – 1.9
(24) Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles County) – 1.6
(25) New York, New York (five boroughs) – 0.9
Bottom line: This holiday weekend, obey the posted speed limits, no matter what city or town you’re traveling through, and keep the family safe in the process.