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Driving Through Dubois, WY

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Driving Through Dubois, WY

We recently had the misfortune of driving through Dubois, WY on our way home from the Grand Tetons. Most of the small towns along this route (US26/US287) have signs warning drivers as you approach the town that a certain speed limit will be in effect within 750 feet. Dubois goes further, having three consecutive speed limits (two inside the town) requiring drivers to slow down from highway speed to 30 miles per hour. i doubt that they were 750 feet apart.

As I entered Dubois (a town of less than 1,000 population) I was behind two other cars, all of us going the same speed. The road through town was wider than a four lane highway, not the narrow "main street" most of us are familiar with in small towns. I don't know what the speed was all three cars were going, but doubtless it was in excess of 40 mph. Being the last car in line, I was singled out by a police cruiser who had followed us from the city limit line on (less than half a mile). I received a $125 ticket for "speeding 45mph in a 30mph zone," which was "...reduced from 52mph," a speed at which i do not believe i was driving.

The bottom line of this experience is my belief that Dubois has set up a classic speed trap in their small town, and are probably raking in the dough. As further evidence, I suggest you check out their website, which i believe is a very high end product, hardly what you'd expect from a town of Dubois' small size. The website shows that there are enough clubs, committees, associations etc there to make a city of 25-30,000 proud.

Be careful in driving through small towns off the freeway in Wyoming--especially Dubois.

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1. Re: Driving Through Dubois, WY

I love Dubois. Such a great small town. I always make it a point to stop and eat there, or at the very least, pick up some supplies to see their famed Jackalope.

Thanks for pointing out in a random way of paying attention to the speed limits. The Mountain West is full of small towns, and the downtown area, no matter how small, does have speed limits that need to be obeyed. So many people travel through as fast as possible, to get to their next destination.

If you aren't going to stop, please obey the limits regardless of how fast others in front of you are driving. I don't live in Dubois, but I live in another bedroom community near Jackson. We see police every day enforcing the limits in town, where you have plenty of notice to reduce your limit. I can say I've been guilty of it in the past, but I didn't promote blame on my town, I just owned up to it. Sorry you were the last to get pulled over, yet, you should think of the big picture. I don't think they were using this to gain revenue, but protect their community.

These are tight knit little areas, and their people, and the limited tourists they do se,. frequent the small downtown hub, with numerous families/children crossing the road.

Sorry you were disapointed, but look at the big picture. I don't want people driving above the speed limit for what is less than a quarter of a mile. Not a big deal. The cross reference to their website which is probably done by their chamber, and not by their government which handles the police force is random. Good for them that they are doing a good job promoting their town, and I'm glad to hear you think it is high end.

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2. Re: Driving Through Dubois, WY

I'm sure this happens all over Colorado as well. Note to self, drive slower than you think you need to while driving through small towns everywhere.

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The OP is offended that the Dubois cops enforce the town speed limits, which are clearly posted on those big white signs near the road. This isn't rocket science. To avoid speeding tickets, obey the posted speed limits.

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Bottom Line: Take responsibility for your own actions versus judging an entire town and your opinion of them off of one interaction.

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5. Re: Driving Through Dubois, WY

The moral of the story......

#1 DON"T SPEED

#2 If you do decide to break the law......don't be the last vehicle in the line of law breakers!

Really alrob.......don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine.....or take it like a man!

If getting stopped and getting a ticket was the worse thing that happened to you on your vacation you're blessed. There are people that lose their lives because other people's speeding cause accidents that kill them.

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6. Re: Driving Through Dubois, WY

I find highway speed decreasing to 25-35 is typical in most of Idaho. In my small town, population 798, it goes from highway speed to 25mph. We do have a nice wide Main St, 4 lanes plus parking on both sides, for the whole 3 blocks (lol). We don't have a traffic light...the nearest is 12 miles away. We don't have a stop sign on Main. We do expect traffic to honor our residents by adhering to the posted speed.

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Will I did get a speed ticket and the cop said I was going 45 but gave me a ticket of going 40. The problem was I was going 34 but that was because I was almost hit and had to speed up a little so that I would avoid the accident. I was in the left lane because I was about to turn left the person in the car that almost hit me then went into the right lane and he was passing me then he slammed on his breaks real fast(and I guess because he had a radar detector or he seen the cop. I then get pulled over and I told the cop what happened but he gave me a ticket anyways for going 40, but like I said I was only going 34 and I was still slowing down. My wife who is pregnant was sitting in the back seat and we had our 1.5 year old son by her. I did not want to get hit because it could hurt both babies. My wife and mom were both in the car and know I was not going 40 or 45. When things like this happen we try to drive defensively. When I try to tell the cop he would not hear it or even ask my family if this is what happened. He said he gave me the ticket because I was the first one around the bend of the road. So he uses radar where he cannot see the car he only gives the ticket to the first around the bend. I am 42 and I have always followed the speed limit no matter if I think it is too slow. I had never got a speeding ticket because of this. It is great that a cop try to protect his town but what about if he cannot see what is going on why can he still give a ticket? In my job we have ethics do cops not have ethics?

Edited: 12 September 2011, 16:55
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8. Re: Driving Through Dubois, WY

Dubois is not listed here as a speed trap town: http://www.speedtrap.org/state/52/Wyoming

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So the OP knew the in-town limit was 30, he was followed by a cruiser but still isn't sure how fast he was going although he doesn't think it was higher than 40, and is surprised he got a ticket?

[is perplexed]

Sorry, but if that were me, I'd have to consider the ticket earned.

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10. Re: Driving Through Dubois, WY

To clarify my posting a website about speed traps, many of the posts on that website are less about speed traps than providing fair warning about well signed streets and school zones. These are not "speed traps", per se.