If you have ever been pulled over for speeding, several thoughts likely go through your mind. The first is more than likely, "why me?" or "why today?" The second is likely, "why do the police in this city always unfairly target this area?"
Interestingly, while you may believe that there is no easy way to verify your suspicion of police utilizing an excessive number of speed traps, this may not necessarily be the case.
The National Motorists Association (NMA) - a nonprofit organization "dedicated to higher speed limits, an end to speed traps, fairer traffic courts, and stopping the use of traffic tickets to generate revenue" - recently released a list of U.S. and Canadian cities with the highest number of so-called speed traps.
Specifically, the list is the product of the National Speed Trap exchange, a two-year survey run by the NMA in which North American motorists were asked to report sightings of speed traps. Here, speed traps were defined as areas where the speed limit was arbitrarily low given the amount of traffic and the traffic enforcement level was high.
The list - which is arguably informal - ranks cities with the highest numbers of speed traps per 100,000 residents.
What city had the highest number of speed traps?
According to the NMA, Livonia, Michigan - a suburb of Detroit - and Windsor, Ontario - just across the river from Detroit - occupied the top two slots. Specifically, Livonia was determined to have 27.9 speed traps per 100,000 residents, while Windsor was determined to have 17.6 speed traps per 100,000 residents.
Rounding out the top five were the following:
- Orlando, Florida - 17.2 speed traps per 100,000 residents
- Las Vegas, Nevada - 11.1 speed traps per 100,000 residents
- Denver, Colorado - 10.9 speed traps per 100,000 residents
Where did New York City rank in the list?
According to the NMA, NYC was number 25 on the list with a modest .9 speed traps per 100,000 residents.
Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...
If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket, don't just dismiss it.
Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.
This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
The New York Times "Livonia, a Detroit suburb, tops list of worst cities for speed traps" Aug. 30, 2011
Automobile Magazine "Do you live near the 25 biggest speed traps?" Aug. 30, 2011