The Changing Nature of Speed Traps

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- We know them when we see an officer at the side of the road armed with a speed gun.

Speed traps are frustrating, but some police departments are opting to be more public with their enforcement. Police in Keller, Texas are posting their day's enforcement locations on Facebook. The department said that their concern is safety, not tickets.

Sgt. Kelly Walker with they Waynesboro Police Department agreed. He said that a marked car makes drivers more aware and that when the department updates its social media presence, it could consider similar posts.

"How do you get the message out to people to drive safely? And you can do that through speed enforcement, the visibility of marked police cars, then certainly you can have some impact on it through social media," said Walker.

He also said that enforcement locations are determined through two things: common speeding areas and public response. So if people talk or incidents happen often, that location might be a new trap.


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