Top 5 biggest speed traps in Denver

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The National Motorists Association lists Denver and Colorado Springs among the ten worst cities in the U.S. and Canada for speed traps, based on reported motorist sightings. And Colorado is the fourth highest state on a per capita basis when it comes to the rate of reported new radar-gun locations, the NMA claims. In other words, we're maniacs behind the wheel and good at getting caught at it, especially at sites like those counted down below.

The group describes a speed trap as "characterized by arbitrarily low speed limits and heavy traffic enforcement." Denver has quite a few such operations under way at any given time -- although the situation isn't quite as reported in this 9News account of the study, which managed to screw up the NMA data and rank Denver as the fourth-worst city.

Actually, Denver comes in fifth in the report, behind Livonia, Michigan, a burg that apparently derives most of its revenue from clipping hotrodders; Windsor, Ontario; Orlando, Florida; and Las Vegas, Nevada. (Wherever they're handing out speeding tickets in Sin City, it can't be that bumper-to-bumper procession of rubberneckers they call the Strip.) Colorado Springs clocks in at eighth.

And where are all these dreaded speed traps? For that information, you need to head to the Denver area listings at Speedtrap.org, a gathering of random reports from locals about places they presumably got nailed. Some of the spots are classic revenue producers because of a sudden drop in speed; others offer a convenient place for a prowler to hide and ambush a steady stream of commuters going well, well above the posted limit.

Law enforcement types insist such measures help to save lives and keep things from getting all Mad Max out there. But if speed enforcement operations are so darned effective, why do they keep showing up in the same places?

Here are the top five speed traps listed on Speedtrap.org at this writing:


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5. I-25 southbound at 104th and 84th: "The speed limit goes from 65 to 55 at the bottom of the hill leading up to the 104th Street bridge. Cops sit on the overpass and radio any speed exceeding 60 to motorcycles below."

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Traffic ticket Toronto
Traffic ticket Toronto

Speeding drivers must be stopped somehow because they are responsible for too many accidents. It's true that some speed limits are stupid but we have to respect the law and some drivers don't understand that.But even with cameras or other tools, speeding drivers won't be stopped until some licenses will be suspended....this way they will be scared and afraid to lose their license and the final result will be less speeding tickets and less accidents.

Guest
Guest

@5b84def42e6e6a92ae54e5b0297fccc5:disqus  & OnTiptoe02...I am guessing you have not received a speeding ticket in a speed trap when you were traveling less than 5 miles over the speed limit. I have, and know many others who have as well. Not all speeding tickets issued are due to actual speeding. Sometimes you're in the wrong place at the wrong time when money making tickets are being issued...you are simply a random number, a random car chosen. Oh yeah, you can try to fight it but I know of no one who has won this battle. They may drop the points but the fee's still apply! It's all about the revenue and the traffic court judges are part of the money making machine! 

Ryk
Ryk

On Yale between I-25 & Dahlia they set up a photo radar van CONSTANTLY!  Speed limit of 30 is almost reasonable, but is painfully slow in practice (no front yards on Yale, only sides of houses.) 

Onyourleft
Onyourleft

Coming into downtown on 20th street right in front of Jackon's Hole. You are coming downhill under the tracks and it goes to 25mph.  They sit on their motorcycles and constantly pull people over.

Doublehelix888
Doublehelix888

Add west bound MLK between Quebec and Colorado to the list.

Jungledude
Jungledude

Traffic speed cops are simply predators.  Stay in the middle of the herd and let so0meone always be driving a bit faster than you.  They are money making for the coffers.  But one ticket can hike your car insurance for years.  GGGRRRRRrrrrr.....

K312121
K312121

Anywhere on Pena Blvd...

Onyourleft
Onyourleft

Yep and right as you approach the east parking lots, it goes down to I think 35mph, maybe less.  Got pinched once there.

OnTiptoe02
OnTiptoe02

Here's a novel idea:  DON'T SPEED!  If everyone one would put their damn phones down and pay attention to signs and FOLLOW the law, then trap or no trap, it would not matter!  I was in traffic court with folks who got caught speeding around our town yesterday.  I am amazed that so many think, after breaking the law, that they are justified since a cop was lying in wait to catch them!  The few seconds you think you save by going 10-15 miles over the speed limit are lost if you get pulled over, so why take the risk?  Just don't break the posted limit, period!

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

How about I-70 East through the mousetrap and onward towards Lakeside. Goes from 65 to 55 to 45 and back to 65 within 5 miles.

David
David

I-25 Northbound just before you hit the Boulder Turnpike. Motorcycle cops ALWAYS park in the emergency access lane to the HOV lane, getting northbound drivers for speeding. I see someone pulled over pretty much every time I drive.

GetReal
GetReal

Here's and idea, either change the law or obey the law, then ya won't be subjected to these kind of results.

Tina Martinez
Tina Martinez

Tejon St between Alameda and 2nd Av.  Speed Limit is set artificially low at 25mph in an industrial/commercial zone rather than at least 30 mph, preferably 35mph.  Plenty of vegetation in alcoves between structures for motorcycle cops from DPD to hide, usually between 8am and 4pm.  The second worst asinine artificially low speed limit on a Denver street, behind the ridiculous 30mph zone on 1st Ave between Downing and University west of Cherry Creek Mall.  These two zones, among numerous others, are merely revenue generators for city government.  These radar units should be always in school zones instead, and in areas where there is marked pedestrian traffic such as along Colfax, Broadway, Federal, and Evans.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Great information, Tina. We're going to make your take an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Trafficsnaffic
Trafficsnaffic

You kidding me?  Those cops with nothing better to do are way worse catching speedsters both north and south on Speer between Market and Zuni.  Barney Fife is also waiting for you in Loserville (AKA Mountain View) over on Sheridan between 38th and 44th.  And don't forget this chestnut:  Speer between University and Lincoln.  Yes they have the photo radar vans (illegally parked on the greenway) but 'ol Ed Thomas' brother made that his his regular donut and speed gun hang.

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