Florida Town Where 7 Cops Collected $400,000 In Tickets Investigated

The small town of Waldo, Florida only has seven police officers, but they are evidently very busy. Last year they collected nearly 12,000 speeding citations worth almost $400,000 in court fines, about a third of the town's revenue. Now, in the midst of a scandal, state officials are investigating whether the town… » 9/04/14 6:18pm 9/04/14 6:18pm

Flashing Headlights Is Free Speech -- And Also Neighborly ​

Are you one of those selfish pricks who knows there's a speed trap up ahead, but doesn't flash your lights to warn fellow motorists? Well, now you don't have to be. A court ruled that flashing your headlights, even to warn of stealthily hidden law enforcement, is protected speech. » 2/05/14 2:33pm 2/05/14 2:33pm

Police officer fired after attacking speed-trap warning sign

Residents of tiny Rosebud, Texas, were upset enough with a flurry of speeding tickets that they put signs just outside city limits warning of speed traps. Now a Rosebud officer has lost his job after attempting to remove the sign. » 3/23/11 2:30pm 3/23/11 2:30pm

Speed Trap Vigilante Wins False Arrest Case

A Texas man who warned drivers about small-town speed traps was arrested and handcuffed in his hometown while on patrol. Now, after nearly two years of legal wrangling, Lance Mitchell has prevailed over the authorities that wanted him stopped. » 1/05/11 1:30pm 1/05/11 1:30pm

The Late Harvey Pekar On Speed Traps

Comic writer and infamous curmudgeon Harvey Pekar touched on a lot of subjects — mostly to complain about them. As we mourn his passing, we remember his gift of putting our displeasure into words. Here's Pekar on speed traps. [WKSU] » 7/12/10 1:15pm 7/12/10 1:15pm

British Police Using High-Tech Helicopters To Catch Speeders, Yell At…

In an effort to drive both taxpayer groups and paranoid Libertarians nuts at the same time, the Essex police are using a $1,750-an-hour helicopter equipped with some fairly high-tech gear to trap speeders in key areas. The helicopter uses plate recognition software that can recognize a plate and locate the address… » 9/05/08 4:00pm 9/05/08 4:00pm

Passport Radar Detector Includes GPS With Speed Camera Database

Despite the fact that slowing down is still one of the best ways to save gas, people, us included, continue to enjoy a little extra speed courtesy of the radar detector. The latest model from Passport, the 9500ix, includes some unique features to compensate for the latest speed-busting technology: integrated GPS and a… » 7/02/08 4:40pm 7/02/08 4:40pm

Louisana Traffic Official Fights The Law And The Law's Him

From the department of "do what I say, not what I do" comes this awesome story out of Lafayette, Louisiana playing perfectly into our dislike and mistrust of government nanny bureaucracy. Tony Tramel, the Director of Transportation for Lafayette Consolidated Government, is the chap tasked with monitoring and approving… » 4/04/08 9:40am 4/04/08 9:40am

Trapster: Avoid Speed Traps The French Fry-Free Way

Sharing is caring and nowhere is that more important than when it comes to speed traps. We've seen all sorts of backward hacks on how to tell your fellow lover of speed the dangers that await them after the next bend. Flashing headlights, weird waving signals with our hands. Hell, we've even had people fling fries at… » 4/03/08 2:15pm 4/03/08 2:15pm

Don't Get Stuffed: Turkey Day List of Worst Speed Traps

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, the National Motorists Association has issued a revised list of speed traps. Some of the smaller town information is helpful (be wary of Uniontown, Alabama), though we're not sure how you're supposed to avoid all of Houston when traveling. With the weather turning south, we're guessing a… » 11/21/07 1:30pm 11/21/07 1:30pm