Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Labor Day Drivers: Where the Worst Speed Traps Are

The National Motorists Association (NMA) is a sensible group that works to oppose revenue-generating speed traps and phony "safety" measures like hidden highway speed cameras. (Credulous media always buy into anytyhing these phony Astroturf groups claim). And as the NMA points out, "ticket cameras" have never survived a public vote.

Says the group:

"For years, drivers from every U.S. state and Canadian province have reported
speed trap locations to the National Motorists Association's National
Speed Trap Exchange. ... With the combination of heavy holiday traffic, federally-funded ticketing campaigns, and financially-strapped local and state governments,
motorists have good reason to feel like they have dollar signs painted
on their vehicles. ... [T]he NMA has identified two cities in each state and
province using data directly from the National Speed Trap Exchange.
The first city listed has the most user-reported speed traps regardless
of population size, while the second has the most speed traps for cities
with populations of 100,000 or less.

To view information on over 60,000 specific speed trap reports by city,
state or province, you can visit the Exchange at
Cities With Most Speed Trap Reports (All Population Sizes,
Populations 100,000 or Less)

Alabama: Montgomery, Hoover
Alaska: Anchorage, Juneau
Arizona: Tucson, Flagstaff
Arkansas: Little Rock, Fayetteville
California: Los Angeles, Mission Viejo
Colorado: Colorado Springs, Littleton
Connecticut: Milford, Milford
Delaware: Newark, Newark
Florida: Jacksonville, Boca Raton
Georgia: Atlanta, Marietta
Hawaii: Honolulu, Aiea
Idaho: Boise, Idaho Falls
Illinois: Chicago, Elk Grove Village
Indiana: Indianapolis, Bloomington
Iowa: Des Moines, Iowa City
Kansas: Overland Park, Lawrence
Kentucky: Louisville, Bowling Green
Louisiana: Baton Rouge, Metairie
Maine: Portland, Biddeford
Maryland: Baltimore, Gaithersburg
Massachusetts: Boston, Lynn
Michigan: Livonia, Livonia
Minnesota: St. Paul, Edina
Mississippi: Jackson, Meridian
Missouri: Kansas City, O'Fallon
Montana: Missoula, Missoula
Nebraska: Omaha, Bellevue
Nevada: Las Vegas, Carson City
New Hampshire: Manchester, Nashua
New Jersey: Mahwah, Mahwah
New Mexico: Albuquerque, Las Cruces
New York: New York City, Troy
North Carolina: Raleigh, Asheville
North Dakota: Fargo, Grand Forks
Ohio: Cleveland, Millersburg
Oklahoma: Tulsa, Moore
Oregon: Portland, Beaverton
Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Reading
Rhode Island: Pawtucket, Pawtucket
South Carolina: Greenville, Greenville
South Dakota: Sioux Falls, Rapid City
Tennessee: Nashville, Smyrna
Texas: Houston, Tyler
Utah: Salt Lake City, Sandy
Vermont: Wilmington, Wilmington
Virginia: Virginia Beach, Fairfax
Washington: Seattle, Bellingham
West Virginia: Summersville, Summersville
Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Kenosha
Wyoming: Cheyenne, Cheyenne

Alberta: Calgary, Lethbridge
British Columbia: Vancouver, Victoria
Manitoba: Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie
New Brunswick: Moncton, Moncton
Newfoundland: St. John's, Corner Brook
Northwest Territories: no listings, no listings
Nova Scotia: Dartmouth, Dartmouth
Nunavut: no listings, no listings
Ontario: Toronto, Brantford
Prince Edward Island: no listings, no listings
Quebec: Montreal, Brossard
Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, Moose Jaw
Yukon: no listings


1 comment:

James said...

I've wondered -- if I had the money to back it, I'd love to propose a ballot referendum that said, essentially, any jurisdiction that collected fines/fees for automotive offenses that were not related to accidents must hold the money in escrow for three years, and if the driver who was fined does not have an accident in that period of time, the fine is refunded.

Essentially, it provides an added incentive for a driver to be more careful -- so good drivers aren't punished by random speed traps, etc. Also, it disincents the traffic ticket for revenue scam. It may result in ticketing more related to accidents, or the like.

I've not fully fleshed it out, and I'm not sure how well it would work, but I know the current system is definitely broken