If you plan on putting the pedal to the metal this Labor Day Weekend then you might want to think again. Law enforcement across the U.S. will be keeping their eyes on you big time. Seatbealt violators, impaired drivers, speeders will be on watch-down this holiday weekend from those police personnel, who will be quick to either ticket or click it, the cuffs I mean, if you’re not on your best driving behavior. The National Motorists Association (NMA), a driver’s rights organization is hopeful that drivers will anticipate, rather than react to, the speed traps that have been set in place across the U.S. which is why they have compiled a listing of the top 25 speed traps across the country.
Speed traps are designated areas with lower speed limits and heavy traffic enforcement. When a driver enters one of these targeted areas, they should exercise caution and be mindful of the posted speed limits in order to avoid a brush with the law.
The NMA’s list of cities with the highest number of reported speed trap locations over the past two years were actually posted by the public on their website, the National Speed Trap Exchange (www.speedtrap.org).
Wherever the speed trap, one thing is for certain, driving over the posted speed limit is never a smart or safe choice. As a matter of fact, the National Safety Council’s statistics department has estimated 400 people will die in traffic accidents during the Labor Day holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and will end at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5. For the past six years, the Labor Day weekend has averaged 14.6 percent more traffic fatalities than similar non-holiday periods.
The bottom line here is to drive safely, mind the road postings, wear your seat belt and don’t drive impaired or distracted!
The following cities had the most reported speed traps since September 1, 2009. They are ranked by speed traps per 100,000 residents (per the 2010 census). Is it any surprise, that the worst offenders are tourist traps like Orlando, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada?
- Livonia, Michigan 27.9 speed traps per 100,000 residents
- Windsor, Ontario 17.6
- Orlando, Florida 17.2
- Las Vegas, Nevada 11.1
- Denver, Colorado 10.9
- Reno, Nevada 10.4
- Tampa, Florida 8.9
- Colorado Springs, Colorado 7.2
- Austin, Texas 6.1
- Sarasota, Florida 6.1
- Portland, Oregon 5.8
- Jacksonville, Florida 5.4
- San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County) 5.3
- Fresno, California 5.0
- Hamilton, Ontario 5.0
- New Orleans, Louisiana 4.7
- Toronto, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area) 4.7
- Houston, Texas (Harris County) 4.0
- Edmonton, Alberta 3.3
- San Diego, California (San Diego County) 3.2
- Indianapolis, Indiana 3.2
- San Jose, California 3.1
- Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) 1.9
- Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles County) 1.6
- New York, New York (5 boroughs) 0.9
Safe travels to you and yours!