NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: New York

New York speedtrap spotlight

We receive many calls from members around New York City looking for assistance with their speeding tickets, so we’re not surprised that the Big Apple figures prominently in this spotlight. But it is interesting to note that many of the most active hot spots are located outside of NYC.  Just shows that you need to be careful no matter where you drive in New York State.

This information comes from the NMA’s National Speed Trap Exchange (http://www.speedtrap.org/), a unique website that gives drivers an opportunity to report on and exchange comments about predatory speed traps they have encountered on their travels.

We encourage you to send a link to this blog to those you know who live or travel in New York. Remember, an informed driver is a safer driver.

Five Highest Activity Speed Trap Location

1.    Nassau:                   Northern State Parkway

50 Reports             100% Acknowledgement Rate*

“Within 3 miles of NYC border there are NYS Troopers using radar going both east and west.”

2.   Corfu:                      Rte 77 Towards Darien Lake

46 Reports            98% Acknowledgement Rate

“Police sit and wait for speeders at the cemetery or school as the zone abruptly changes from 55 mph to 35mph, not coincidentally the area where they sit is not 50 feet AFTER the speed limit sign, ensuring you will get nailed because you don’t have enough time to slow down.”

3.   Buffalo:                     Transit Rd/ Southwestern Blvd. West Seneca

41 Reports             100% Acknowledgement Rate

“Erie County Sherriff Deputy sits in a driveway by the bridge. Has been seen during the day and as late as midnight. Will sometimes be on the side of the road with no lights on at night.”

4.   Ithaca:                      New York-13 Entering Ithaca by the curve at Purity Ice Cream

39 Reports             100% Acknowledgement Rate

“They hang out just around the curve in front of the gas station with hand-held guns and nail people who don’t slow from 45 to 30.”

5.   Staten Island:           Hylan Blvd. & Sharrots, by Mt. Loretto

37 Reports             100% Acknowledgement Rate

“Officer sitting across (waterside), in tan car, now also has a “buddy” to back up in a large black car. Speed limit is 40 on a long wide stretch of Blvd., but 50 is not difficult to accidentally drive, & if you do 45 while the guy in front just drove past at 55, YOU will be the one he catches.”

Ten New York Cities with Most Reported Speed Traps (for the Last 5 Years) 

Rank

City

Number   of Speed Traps

Acknowledgement   Rate

1

Brooklyn

113

85%

2

Staten Island

108

86%

3

Queens

62

71%

4

Rochester

57

90%

5

Bronx

38

92%

6

New York City

34

85%

7

Troy

33

90%

8

Albany

30

73%

9

Buffalo

29

96%

10

Manhattan

28

78%

* Acknowledgement rate is the percentage of yes votes to total votes by motorists indicating whether the reported locations, in their opinions, are actually speed traps. Data are available at the links provided.

About The National Speed Trap Exchange

With the development of The National Speed Trap Exchange (http://www.speedtrap.org/) more than 10 years ago, the National Motorists Association pioneered the use of interactive media to alert motorists to potential speed trap activity in their communities. Since then the site has reported on nearly 80,000 speed traps throughout the United States and Canada.

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3 Responses to “NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: New York”

  1. john says:

    Taconic state parkway north of route 84 is really bad on the weekend

  2. Lava says:

    If # 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 10 are part of New York City, then New York actually has 321 speed traps.(!)

  3. alex says:

    Speed trap on the actual exit ramp from 278 to forest ave in Staten island.