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NMA Names Worst Speed Traps


 

To help make our turkey-day journeys a little less eventful — and, perhaps, a lot less expensive — our friends at the National Motorists Association (NMA) have put together a list of the "worst speed trap cities" for all fifty states.

 

The list was gathered over the SpeedTrap Exchange (www.speedtrap.org), a Web site maintained by the NMA and hosting a database of reported traps by state and city. Reported speed traps from the past two years, plus a poll conducted by the organization, were factored into this new list.

 

As it seems to be largely based on the number of speed traps reported in particular cities, it's no surprise that those on the list appear in many cases to be along high-traffic routes and in more populated areas — in contrast to our real life experience in that the most overt speed traps are often found in one-blinker small towns, and highway crests miles from any particular town. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend perusing the organization's results for the cities you'll be passing through and planning your route — and cruise-control setting — accordingly.

 

And if you're already dealing with a ticket and feeling a little bit like a victim, you may find the site useful for your day in court, too. Speedtrap.org also has specific speed trap laws listed, state by state, along with information on how speed limits are set and enforced, how to fight a speeding ticket, and how to fight a speed trap.

 

Without further ado, here's the complete list, state by state:

ALABAMA

Worst Speedtrap:  Montgomery

Dishonorable Mention: Birmingham, Huntsville , Uniontown

 

ALASKA

Worst Speedtrap:  Anchorage

Dishonorable Mention: Fairbanks, Juneau , Seward

 

ARIZONA

Worst Speedtrap:  Tucson

Dishonorable Mention: Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale

 

ARKANSAS

Worst Speedtrap:  Little Rock

Dishonorable Mention: Augusta, Fayetteville , Parkin

 

CALIFORNIA

Worst Speedtrap:  Fresno

Dishonorable Mention: Fullerton, Los Angeles, San Jose

 

COLORADO

Worst Speedtrap:  Colorado Springs

Dishonorable Mention: Aurora, Denver, Fort Collins

 

CONNECTICUT

Worst Speedtrap:  Enfield

Dishonorable Mention: Danbury, Groton, New Canaan

 

DELAWARE

Worst Speedtrap:  Newark

Dishonorable Mention: Dover, Felton, Fenwick Island

 

FLORIDA

Worst Speedtrap:  Waldo

Dishonorable Mention: Lawtey, Ocala, Orlando

 

GEORGIA

Worst Speedtrap:  Pendergrass

Dishonorable Mention: Atlanta, Duluth, Marietta

 

HAWAII

Worst Speedtrap:  Honolulu

Dishonorable Mention: Kailua, Kaimuki, Maui

 

IDAHO

Worst Speedtrap:  Boise

Dishonorable Mention: Idaho Falls, Lewiston, Post Falls

 

ILLINOIS

Worst Speedtrap:  Naperville

Dishonorable Mention: Carol Stream, New Lenox, Peoria

 

INDIANA

Worst Speedtrap:  Indianapolis

Dishonorable Mention: Bloomington, Culver, Fort Wayne

 

IOWA

Worst Speedtrap:  Des Moines

Dishonorable Mention: Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport

 

KANSAS

Worst Speedtrap:  Shawnee

Dishonorable Mention: Leawood, Overland Park, Topeka

 

KENTUCKY

Worst Speedtrap:  Louisville

Dishonorable Mention: Lexington, Middlesboro, Owensboro

 

LOUISIANA

Worst Speedtrap:  Woodworth

Dishonorable Mention: Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Metairie

 

MAINE

Worst Speedtrap:  Kittery

Dishonorable Mention: Augusta, Falmouth, Portland

 

MARYLAND

Worst Speedtrap:  Frederick

Dishonorable Mention: Columbia, Hagerstown , Waldorf

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Worst Speedtrap:  Worcester

Dishonorable Mention: Lowell, Newton, Springfield

 

MICHIGAN

Worst Speedtrap:  Livonia

Dishonorable Mention: Ann Arbor, Redford, Warren

 

MINNESOTA

Worst Speedtrap:  Minneapolis

Dishonorable Mention: Bloomington, Elk River, Plymouth

 

MISSISSIPPI

Worst Speedtrap:  Starkville

Dishonorable Mention: Jackson , McComb, Tupelo

 

MISSOURI

Worst Speedtrap:  Foristell

Dishonorable Mention: Curryville , Independence, St. Charles

 

MONTANA

Worst Speedtrap:  Missoula

Dishonorable Mention: Darby, Havre, Joliet

 

NEBRASKA

Worst Speedtrap:  Omaha

Dishonorable Mention: Bellevue, Grand Island, Lincoln

 

NEVADA

Worst Speedtrap:  Las Vegas

Dishonorable Mention: Henderson, Pahrump, Reno

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Worst Speedtrap:  Manchester

Dishonorable Mention: Nashua, New London , Somersworth

 

NEW JERSEY

Worst Speedtrap:  Paramus

Dishonorable Mention: Bridgewater, Monroe Township, North Brunswick

 

NEW MEXICO

Worst Speedtrap:  Albuquerque

Dishonorable Mention: Cuba , Las Cruces , Rio Rancho

 

NEW YORK

Worst Speedtrap:  Brooklyn

Dishonorable Mention: Batavia, Rochester, Staten Island

 

NORTH CAROLINA

Worst Speedtrap:  Raleigh

Dishonorable Mention: Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington

 

NORTH DAKOTA

Worst Speedtrap:  Grand Forks

Dishonorable Mention: Fargo, Thompson, Washburn

 

OHIO

Worst Speedtrap:  Columbus

Dishonorable Mention: Akron, Canton , Lindale

 

OKLAHOMA

Worst Speedtrap:  Caney

Dishonorable Mention: Moffet, Moore, Kiowa

 

OREGON

Worst Speedtrap:  Portland

Dishonorable Mention: Beaverton, Eugene, Springfield

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Worst Speedtrap:  Horsham

Dishonorable Mention: Feasterville, Harrisburg, Warrington

 

RHODE ISLAND

Worst Speedtrap:  Providence

Dishonorable Mention: Johnston, Pawtucket, Warwick

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Worst Speedtrap:  Greenville

Dishonorable Mention: Columbia , Gaffney, Society Hill

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

Worst Speedtrap:  Sioux Falls

Dishonorable Mention: Rapid City , Wagner, Yankton

 

TENNESSEE

Worst Speedtrap:  Nashville

Dishonorable Mention: Memphis, Piperton, Smyrna

 

TEXAS

Worst Speedtrap:  Houston

Dishonorable Mention: Arlington, Austin , Estelline

 

UTAH

Worst Speedtrap:  Sandy

Dishonorable Mention: Roy, Salt Lake City, West Valley City

 

VERMONT

Worst Speedtrap:  Wilmington

Dishonorable Mention: Barre Town, Island Pond, Norwich

 

VIRGINIA

Worst Speedtrap:  Virginia Beach

Dishonorable Mention: Chesapeake, Emporia, Norfolk

 

WASHINGTON

Worst Speedtrap:  Bellingham

Dishonorable Mention: Black Diamond, Ritzville, Seattle ,

 

WEST VIRGINIA

Worst Speedtrap:  Summersville

Dishonorable Mention: Charleston, Gauley Bridge , Hurricane

 

WISCONSIN

Worst Speedtrap:  Rosendale

Dishonorable Mention: Appleton, Milwaukee, Waukesha

 

WYOMING

Worst Speedtrap:  Thermopolis

Dishonorable Mention: Cheyenne, Jackson Hole, Rawlins

 

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