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How to Detect a Speed Trap

Author: admin  //  Category: Speeding Tickets, Traffic Tickets

There are a few ways you can detect a speed trap and avoid or prepare for them.

1. Trapster is a mobile app where users share real time information. See

2.   Use a Radar Detector.  (If your state allows them).

3.  Watch other drivers – if they are slowing down for no apparent reason, there may be a speed trap ahead.

4.  Be aware of speed limit changes.  Cops often wait for drivers that fail to recognize speed limit changes, especially when a road expands to more lanes yet the limit decreases.

5.  Use caution on national holidays and around major events – where people gather, so do police.

6.   School zones are the number one hot spot for speed traps.

7.  Take note where you see a speed trap, odds are it will reappear often.

8.  If another driver flashes their headlights at you, it may be a courteous way of saying there is a cop fishing for speeders ahead.  Raise your awareness.

9.  Be aware when coming around sharp turns or cresting on a hill, when you can’t see the road ahead.  Cops know you can’t see them by the time they radar you.

10.  When going from a rural road into town or to a populated area, always watch for speed traps.


How to Fight a Traffic Ticket

Author: admin  //  Category: Car Insurance, DMV / NJ MVC, Fighting a Traffic Ticket, Fines, Traffic Attorneys, Traffic Court, Traffic Tickets, Violations


You’re driving down the street and suddenly you notice the lights flashing in your rearview mirror. You’ve been pulled by a Police Officer for an offense for which you don’t think you are guilty. Was that light really red? When did that stop sign go in? Is the elementary school really in session at 7 p.m., requiring the need for reduced speed “while children are present?”

Often receiving a traffic ticket is a black and white offense. You knew what you were doing (racing to work, talking on your cell phone without a hands-free device, or cruising through a stop sign), and while a smile and apology might get you a warning once in awhile, the probable outcome is a traffic ticket.

Sometimes, however, the situation is not so clear cut. If the violation seems unclear, it is worth looking into further. Offenses which rely solely on the Officer’s judgment or visual range, were a result of a recent change in signage or truck blockage, or were created due to a natural obstacle, such as swerving to avoid an animal in the street, can be challenged.

This requires a careful look at the situation on your part, perhaps even a consultation with a traffic ticket attorney. If you “need” to fight the ticket because of concerns relating to insurance rates, or DMV and court records and want the best chance of dismissal, a traffic ticket attorney may be the best way to go.

If you just want to “try” to fight the ticket, self representation is not a bad idea. Make sure you bring any photos or professional looking intersection drawings that you can create to add credibility to your viewpoint. Consider the small factors, such as paint erosion or new signage. Relive the experience – were you speeding because you were experiencing chest pain and were trying to get to the hospital? Did you ask the Officer for help and receive a rebuff?

All these factors add up and can make or break your judgment. Hopefully you won’t find yourself in need of this advice for a very long time. Drive safe and good luck.