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Top ten speed traps in Denver, 2013 edition

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About this time last year, we shared a collection of the top ten speed traps in Denver -- our second annual list culled from the most recent entries on Speedtrap.org, at site at which those who've been trapped attempt to prevent others from being similarly ensnared.

Once again, it's time for an update. Below, see interactive graphics of the ten latest speed traps as chosen by users of the site, complete with their descriptions of why you should hit the brakes as you approach them. Check out the full list below.

Number 10: 5900 Block of Pecos

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Beware if you are going northound. This is the bridge that goes over the railroad tracks on Pecos and 60th. Unmarked cop car sits diagonally at the bottom of the bridge pulling people over and giving unsuspecting law abiding citizens a $175.00 ticket for going a little over the speed limit which is 35 miles per hour. This is an industrial area and there are no schools nor homes in the area. It's a speed trap. I got pulled over and given a ticket and before I even left the scene he pulled over another poor unfortunate soul and ruined this persons day as well. I had not even left the scene yet and he had already pulled over someone else.

Number 9: Southbound Speer Blvd just past the Pepsi Center


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From my window at work, I watched two Denver patrol cars work in tandem stopping cars just about all afternoon today. There must a really big bill coming due because a car was stopped by one or the other about every 10 minutes.
Continue to keep counting down the top ten speed traps in Denver, 2013 edition.

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51 comments
GFTW
GFTW

"They park on somebody's lawn behind a TREE."

Right.....

jcwconsult
jcwconsult

The public is increasingly aware that speed traps work ONLY where the posted limits are set less safely by posting the limits far below the normal, actual, current and safe traffic flow speeds.  If 80% of the traffic flows safely at 36-45 mph, then posting the limit at 35, 30, or 25 actually reduces safety and facilitates lucrative speed traps to enrich local politicians.


This predatory money-grab has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with $$$$.


Local residents need to OBJECT to the local politicians and insist that main road speed limits be posted at the safest levels, the 85th percentile speeds of free flowing traffic under good conditions. This is the 70+ year old method that almost always produces the smoothest and safest traffic flow with the fewest crashes. See our website for the science.

Unfortunately, posting speed limits at the safest points (average 10 mph higher than current) destroys the profitability of speed traps.  Far too many politicians prefer the predatory speed trap ticket revenue to real improvements in traffic safety.  Like so many things in life, if you want to understand the reasons politicians do the wrong things, follow the money trail.

James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

Randy Schmuki
Randy Schmuki

Photo Radar has become a downright rotten thing!

Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon

They completely left out the Lakeside speed traps on both 44th between Sheridan and Harlan, and the one along Sheridan, between 43rd and I-70. I suppose they need to make their salaries somehow.

Ellen Kessler
Ellen Kessler

Kalamath between 13th and 10th. I got two tickets in one week!

Emily Richardson
Emily Richardson

Or you could save your money and just drive the speed limit.

Paul Malczewski
Paul Malczewski

what city do you live in?. Your pulled over for anything. No trust in the local police. and that they brought on by themselves. mainly a bunch of thugs in uniform!

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

South Quebec Street, which turn into Tamarac Dr. I don't understand why those people demand that folks drive 30 MPH on a major thoroughfare. I know it may not have been a major street when you moved ther, but it is now, so give it up.

Perry UncleBear Beaton
Perry UncleBear Beaton

at 25mph over, photo radar tickets are invalid. Anything 25mph over MUST be delivered by a uniformed cop, so when you see the van speed way the hell up.

nyislander33
nyislander33

1-25 just north of the 20th street bridge. I see cops standing on that bridge almost everyday

John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin

When will they leave us the hell alone! The police are the biggest thieves in Denver. Bunch a bandits! Get it through your heads people, they are the enemy. It's us against them.

irishmonk
irishmonk

Northbound Broadway at Belleview.  There are cops sitting in the McDonald's parking lot at least once per week, often more.  The speed limit is only 35, and there's a big down slope of a hill right before, so it's easy to end up speeding just while coasting.  Ride your brakes!  Unless you like getting tickets.  

Martin Diaz
Martin Diaz

The bike cop on Buchtel & Emerson. As you're trying to speed up and mover over 3 lanes of traffic to get on to I25, he steps right in front of the vehicle almost causing 10 car pile up to waive the vehicle over to the left to pullover on Emerson. There's a small school nearby and the limit is 25mph. Just bad engineering all around there. Not sufficient space for the amount of traffic for people to maneuver safely. You have to pass Gran Turismo 4 to be successful.

DougHubka
DougHubka

I do have to laugh at the Speed Check Van that is on Speer Blvd just about every day. They are always near the entrance to the Denver Country Club.  Wonder why ?

Marcus Rose
Marcus Rose

What gets me is that speed control is not about public safety...its about revenue generation for cities. With that said, if people just made an investment in a high-quality Radar Detector like from Escort...that not only beats every cops radar gun or dash mounted unit and also has a database for red light cameras, you can just drive without having to worry about speeding. I have been living here since 2007 and have not gotten stopped once for speeding. Why? Cause the technology I use is far superior to what the police use. I see them all over the place...but with a 2 mile early warning, its almost not even fair! Speed traps are a joke...they only work on the people who are arrogant enough to knowingly speed and think they are gonna get away with it. Cities are broke...what better way to get money rolling in? Spend $499.00 on a Escort Radar Detector...it will be the best money you ever spent!!!

Tanya Rahn
Tanya Rahn

Northbound Santa Fe/I-25....photo enforced and nailing people constantly! It is super freaky to have a photo of yourself show up in the mail. Also, I know it's not Denver, but driving into the airport when it drops to 25...can't tell you how many people I see pulled over there. SLOW DOWN! They will get you!

masongreen
masongreen

You're forgetting that whole Northbound Santa Fe/I-25 fustercluck. Can't tell you how many Camera Van flashes I've seen there.

Jeffrey Todd Nielsen
Jeffrey Todd Nielsen

The Thornton clown-show where they sit on the footbridge above I-25 and end up slowing everything down both ways during rush hours.

Celeste Archer
Celeste Archer

Would also say that the photo vans are a sham - not at all accurate. Saw a guy blow past a van going probably 25 over and he didn't get the light - the guy next to me going only about 5 over got it.

Celeste Archer
Celeste Archer

There's a little niche just past the zoo - motorcycle cops hang there all the time. It's like a factory for small speed overage tickets - tons of mommy vans are stopped there - big Denver money maker.

Travis Herman
Travis Herman

The shitdick camera van that posts up on the median/lawn on Speer (1st). It can be anywhere between Speer (1st ave) and University down to Speer (1st) and Downing. This thing is raking in speeding tickets and has been there for months.

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Pro Tip: Don't speed. I like the comment that says "I was cited for going 46 mph in a 30 mph zone and given a $170 ticket. Extortion at it's best" So basically, since you don't like the posted speed limit, you feel like you can drive 16 miles over it and then cry about extortion? Oh boy, that's rich.

joey murdah
joey murdah

@GFTW I got popped by this one a month ago. it is definitely hidden and got me at around 8:30 at night.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Chris Dixon Thanks for giving us a heads-up about this. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ellen Kessler Wow. Thanks for letting us know, Ellen.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Joe Felice Thanks for the heads-up, Joe.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Martin Diaz Interesting, Martin. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Tanya Rahn Thanks, Tanya. We appreciate you letting us know.

DougHubka
DougHubka

@James Tallo Good luck with that. So, lets spend $ 200 on a lawyer to avoid a $ 75 ticket, And why not show a little integrity by paying up when you know you broke the law

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Jeffrey Todd Nielsen Thanks for filling us in, Jeffrey. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Celeste Archer Thanks for letting us know, Celeste. Appreciate it.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Travis Herman Interesting, Travis. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Stori Heleen Thanks for letting us know, Stori. Appreciate it.

DougHubka
DougHubka

@Craig Hawkins Thanks for posting the truth. It sucks to get a ticket, But you did break the law. People should man up and take care of it without all the cry babying.

jcwconsult
jcwconsult

@michael.roberts @jcwconsult   You are most welcome, Mr. Roberts.  I am 69 years old and have studied this issue as an avocation for 50 years.  I have well over 1 million miles driving experience in 21 major countries.  I testify frequently for the National Motorists Association in Lansing, MI.  I work closely with the Michigan State Police Section responsible for traffic safety statewide and we agree on almost every issue.  I am the Executive Director of the NMA Foundation, our 501(c)(3) dedicated to research, education and support of court challenges of improper laws.  Predatory speed enforcement is for $$$, not safety.

Chilliman
Chilliman

@DougHubka I received one of these from Boulder, and a review of the film showed that I was actually over the intersection line when the light changed.  The reviewers obviously thought it was close enough, so they sent it, and I ignored it.  A Boulder Sheriff showed up once, asking my wife to sign for the ticket, which she laughed at, and he went away empty handed.  If you send in your money w/o trying to fight back, you're just letting them be paid for laziness.  They want to write tickets, let them be police again.  Or maybe they're too busy shooting helpless animals to conduct a real safety patrol.

CJW81
CJW81

@DougHubka Until RoboCop shows up in Denver, I'm not paying a machine/device to police me.

DougHubka
DougHubka

@Chilliman @DougHubka Anyone can come up with all kind of reasons to rationalize why they shouldn't pay a ticket.  My advice is for you to check to see is there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. Because there probably is. Good Luck

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