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Infamous speed trap town Waldo
investigated over tickets

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Ribicon, 9/4/2014 9:53:07 AM

Waldo, Fla. — The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it´s no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph. AAA named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two "traffic traps" nationwide and even placed an attention-getting billboard outside the limits of the town to warn drivers to slow down before

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I´ve driven on highways like that. Speed limits change without rhyme or reason, and without even the courtesy of a flashing light atop the new speed limit sign to draw your attention. Dangerous, as you have the choice of driving 50 mph while everyone else flies past at 70 (and risk an accident) or driving at what should be the usual speed and risk a costly ticket. Should be illegal, but the people who write the laws also have an endless hunger for our money.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Toledo, 9/4/2014 9:57:02 AM     (No. 9993191)

Where´s Waldo? Sorry just had to post that

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 9/4/2014 9:59:02 AM     (No. 9993196)

I think it´s disgraceful that towns do this. Oro Valley, AZ (suburb of Tucson) raises a lot of revenue so jelly from speed traps.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: cThree, 9/4/2014 10:25:34 AM     (No. 9993236)

I´ve driven through Waldo many times, even with my New York tags (now retired...).

I have always taken a perverse pleasure in playing their game, knowing full well it´s a "speed trap." (Heck for years there was even a billboard saying as much at the edge of town.)

In my humble opinion, the secret of success if cruise control, even at 30 mph. On empty, limited access roads I cannot maintain those slow speeds (35 mp e.g.) without cruise control.

Unfortunately the roads are all four lanes, so it´s very hard to slow down local traffic by going under the speed limit. Still fun, though.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: beancounter, 9/4/2014 10:47:37 AM     (No. 9993281)

My favorite speed trap is the highway 95 as it crosses through the southwest corner of Oregon. In NV it´s 65. In Idaho it´s 65. In Oregon it´s 55 and there´s nothing there but miles and miles of miles and miles... and a zillion cops handing out speeding tickets.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hisself, 9/4/2014 10:53:55 AM     (No. 9993297)

Waldo is a town between Gainesville and Ocala, Florida. For years I drove through there on a daily basis. I do not remember ever seeing a cop there, and I was never stopped.

FWIW, there are roads all over Florida where the limit goes from 65-55-45-35-45-55-65, often with the changes 100 or so feet from each other. If you are trying to actually get somewhere, it is a real pain.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Smart11344, 9/4/2014 11:41:28 AM     (No. 9993362)

I believe there are many Waldo´s around the country. Many small towns pull this (c)rap. It certainly makes it hard to respect law enforcement for doing these "stunts"

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Reply 7 - Posted by: chicodon, 9/4/2014 11:44:00 AM     (No. 9993366)

Searchlight, NV is the worst I´ve witnessed. It´s Harry Reid´s home town, BTW. The speed limit goes from 75mph to 55mph to 25mph in a very short distance. Then it´s 25mph all the way through town. They write up people passing through who don´t slow down fast enough. My truck won´t even idle at 25mph so I have to ride the brakes.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Pinchem, 9/4/2014 12:28:22 PM     (No. 9993406)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation must have low IQ people working for them. I have driven their State Highway 111 down through the center of Tennessee and their speed limits are also stupid. I´ve noticed, over time, the speed limit going one direction may be 70 but going the other way on the same road it may be 55. I´ve seen 45 out where there is nothing but land and trees.

Maybe one day they will hire someone with a high enough IQ to review and fix their speed limits on that road.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 9/4/2014 1:57:35 PM     (No. 9993518)

Summersville, West Virginia also gets a dishonorable mention for these devious police tactics. They add to their fun by having the local cops park down in the median in SUVs so only the top and the radar gun is visible. It seems they were actively trying to raise money to attract a NASCAR track to their nothing little town. I don´t hear races being advertised there yet so I guess the campaign is failing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 9/4/2014 3:58:01 PM     (No. 9993717)

You can add Benton, TN to the list. An outrageous speed trap and has been for years.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Daisymay, 9/4/2014 7:44:58 PM     (No. 9993988)

Waldo is definitely a speed trap. Hubby and I travel that way when we go "up North". We ALWAYS see police pulling people over. There IS still a Billboard when entering Waldo from both directions, stating that it is a Speed Trap. We warn all of our out of state company to not speed when going through Waldo and Starke. Not worth the ticket!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: shamus, 9/5/2014 5:26:18 AM     (No. 9994328)

The simple solution would be for speeding fines to go a statewide road maintenance fund rather than to cities. Take away the incentive to hand out bogus speeding tickets and this problem would go away.

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