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Speed traps -- BEWARE

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Speed traps -- BEWARE

WATCH OUT for speed traps in Washington state, particularly on Highway 101 going north toward Olympic National Park! Here's the set up: A construction zone with work going on and orange cones on sides of road. Heading north in the construction zone, the work crews and their equipment and trucks were on left side of highway AND just behind the last piece of equipment was a highway patrolman facing south. That was the REAL end of the work area, but the cones continued for about 1/4 to 1/2 mile (after passing end of work zone). Of course, we had obeyed the speed zone until we got to the end of where any work was being done, but then we began to return to normal speed where orange cones were no longer needed. Patrolman turned around and came after us for speeding in the zone, and we were only about 15 miles over low speed where construction was. This was a local setup just for making money, as the cones were no longer needed on up the road. Ours was $231.00. BEWARE! Unpleasant part of an otherwise wonderful trip in Washington and Oregon. It can't be a secret to the State of Washington that this kind of trap exists, BUT it is a disgrace to a state that makes a lot of money from tourism.

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1. Re: Speed traps -- BEWARE

Joy I still do not understand how fast he said you were going and where exactly were you at the time? Were you driving along Lake Crescent?

Davie, Florida
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there is always a sign that marks the bounds of the construction zone, you apparently didnt see them.

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You really need to be aware & mindful of work zone signage. Traffic fines double in construction zones to protect road construction crews & discourage speeders.

wsdot.wa.gov/regions/olympic/construction/

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He said we were going 45 in a 25 zone. Was in Pacific County.

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I know about the signs, but evidently we didn't wait to increase speed until we saw the sign if there was one on site, since there was no place for work or crews where we were.

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We are ALWAYS aware of work zone signage and obey the law, but this was so unusual for it to be past all the work area. Think it was deliberately set that way to earn $$$ for the county.

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Many times, work zones extend well beyond where you see work being done. That's because the workers will move along during the total construction period, which could be days or weeks...and, rather than constantly moving the signs and cones, they leave them in place.

If you see a construction or roadwork zone sign with a speed limit or "no passing zone" sign, you should obey the directions until you see a sign noting the end of the zone. Your logic may make some sense, but those are the rules and you admit you broke them, wittingly or not.

The only tourism information to come from your posting isn't about speed traps, but about being alert to the rules of the road. If you had been caught by a local cop in a one-horse town, I might be more sympathetic to your speed trap accusation. But you were cited by what you describe as a highway patrol in a construction zone. The construction certainly wasn't being done as a ruse to catch touring drivers.

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We definitely believe it was a set up.. Officer parked behind equipment, which we did notice as we passed him, was there just for this purpose. We were beyond all equipment and officer before we began to increase speed. We know the rules, evidently we didn't wait to see sign at end if there was one. We met others who were touring Washington who spoke of similar situations they encountered, and we saw several others before we returned to SEA airport.

Davie, Florida
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have never seen a work zone not signed. wasnt a speed trap at all, you chose not to pay attention.

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10. Re: Speed traps -- BEWARE

This ain't Texas.