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Be wary of speed traps in Colorado towns

Posted on April 18, 2019 in

Have you been pulled over and ticketed for exceeding the speed limit in what you felt like was nothing more than a speed trap in a Colorado town?

You may be right.

Many speeding tickets are justified — after all, it’s easy to develop a lead foot when the day is nice, and the road is clear. However, other tickets seem hardly justified — particularly when you get snagged for going too fast after a sudden change in posted speed that seems to come out of nowhere. You could also get unfairly ticketed for speeding a few miles per hour over the limit if an officer’s radar gun is poorly calibrated.

According to some estimations, Colorado ranks tenth among all the states in the union for speed traps, with 27.6 traps per 100,000 residents. Littleton is actually considered the sixth worse city for speed traps in the entire nation! That’s something to keep in mind if you’re traveling in Colorado for work or pleasure this summer.

In addition, there have long been issues with the fact that numerous Colorado municipalities rely heavily on speeding tickets and other traffic tickets for revenue. In 2016, investigations revealed that many of the state’s small towns rely on those tickets for over 30% of their budget needs. Despite the fears expressed by both civil rights advocates and lawmakers alike that over-reliance on revenue from traffic tickets can lead to abuses, there’s no sign that the practice is changing.

If you’ve been hit with a traffic ticket for speeding that you think was unfair, don’t just accept it. The cost of a speeding ticket is more than just the ticket. It also means points on your license and increased insurance costs that can affect you for years. Our office can provide an experienced defense for most traffic violations, including speeding.