NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Ohio

Ohio speedtrap spotlight

Recently enacted legislation in Ohio is supposed to curtail the notorious mayor’s courts many small municipalities use to collect speeding ticket revenue from passing motorists. However, based on recent news accounts, one of the most infamous speed trap towns in the country, Linndale, may not go down without a fight. The tiny town (population 179) has continued to book court dates beyond the date the law took effect and is considering a lawsuit. After all, Linndale raises 80 percent of its $1 million annual budget from traffic tickets.

Let’s see where else motorists need to be on the lookout in the Buckeye 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 Ohio. Remember, an informed driver is a safer driver.

Five Highest Activity Speed Trap Locations

1.       Linndale:              I-71

214 Reports           97% Acknowledgement Rate*

“Linndale has about 3/4 miles north and south. They have no entrance or exit ramp in their village limits. The will nail their own mother to give a ticket. They don’t allow anything over the limit. They have been profiled on the local news many times for their aggressive ticketing. You go from Cleveland to Linndale to Cleveland in a matter of seconds on this small piece of interstate.”

2.       Poland:                  State Route 224

99 Reports             97% Acknowledgement Rate

“Going west on State Route 224 from PA into Ohio. As soon as you go into Ohio that’s Poland Township. After 4 miles through Poland Township you will enter Poland Village. The speed limit is 35MPH. This is a hot spot for police catching speeders. Right before you get to the bridge the speed limit drops to 25MPH. The Poland village police sit in various parking lots and side streets. Beware to anyone in Pennsylvania going through here.”

3.       Parma Heights:      W130 South of Pearl Road

87 Reports             97% Acknowledgement Rate

“SUV white vehicle with very small police logo on door sits in front of A-Z Travel Agency right side north on W130, 1/4 mile before Pear Road across from Southland Shopping Center.”

4.       Woodville :           Woodville, Ohio on U.S. Rte. 20

80  Reports            94% Acknowledgement Rate

“This is one of the most notorious speed traps in NW Ohio. And they’re proud of it! At the east end of this little hamlet is a restaurant called. . . what else? The Speed Trap, complete with a full-size, vintage police car on the roof. It’s what you might call a cherished cult-like speed trap.”

5.       Hanging Rock:      US 52

74 Reports             99% Acknowledgement Rate

“This bump on the map is a trap for sure. Was pulled over going 84 (Yeah right). I had cruise control set on 55 as I had my two kids and wife in the car and am well aware of their history. Ol’ sparky had his clip on tie hanging from a collar with the top button undone.”

Ten Ohio Cities with Most Reported Speed Traps (for the Last Five Years) 



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* 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: Ohio”

  1. Brother John says:

    The zeal and aggressiveness with which Ohio Stateys persecute fast drivers (not prosecute – that would be to admit that a crime has been alleged) explains why cars with Ohio tags are driven so slowly and so carelessly outside the state. They are second only to New York drivers in refusing to give up the left lane to faster traffic; they'll cruise under the limit in the left lane; and they seem to pay no attention to what's going on in the right lane. It's as if their only concern is to watch out for a patrol car.

  2. Karen Lahr says:

    Since living in the Hanging Rock area, I have observed the continued abuse of mayors courts-that is an activity only allowed in LA and OH–permitted to bring in copious revenue to a tiny hamlet having no revenue; A "mayor" becomes a "judge" after completing an 8 hr. course—then is caught drunk in his vehicle after apparent reckless driving–officers caught demanding and keeping cash from drivers–officer caught with drugs in his possession and theft charge–Can't the Ohio State Patrol handle a 2 mile strip of land? I like what was written one year ago in WSAZ "Is It a Speedtrap?":

    "Apparently, the Ohio legislature is not willing to tackle this very important issue after all, likely due to the considerable political clout exercised by those who don't want the "gravy train" to end. After all, here is a significant revenue source largely or primarily coming from non-voters. However, the powers that be in Hanging Rock are now faced with a very recent decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Bailey v. City of Broadview Heights, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 5615 (6th Cir. Mar. 19, 2012) providing a road-map as to how to challenge and defeat the Hanging Rocks of the State of Ohio. The answer is a Section 1983 [42 U.S.C. 1983] class-action lawsuit in a Federal District Court, asserting that the mayor or his designee violated constitutional due process when such mayor or his designee presided over contested traffic violations. While the case upheld the Mayor's Court wherein the defendant did not contest guilt for the traffic violation, the case very clearly indicates that the result would be different if the defendant contests guilt and either the mayor stands to benefit directly and financially from the outcome or the the outcome stands to provide a substantial financial benefit to the city. In a Section 1983 lawsuit, the lawyer taking the case on behalf of aggrieved contested traffic ticket payors stands to recover very substantial attorneys' fees from the losing party, in addition to recovering damages and injunctive relief for class members. Of course, the reason for prosecuting such an action should not be (merely) for the money, but for the important constitutional principle to be vindicated here. Nonetheless, the substantial financial incentive provided to attorneys taking these kinds of cases "should be" sufficient to get the legal ball rolling."

  3. Sam layne says:

    They highway on the Ohio side of the Ohio river? If I remember right is 52 ? Across from Ashland KY. Is / was the worst speed trap I have ever known . If you had out of state plates the state police would follow you from the Ashland bridge almost to Portsmouth , I had a truck rental outfit and they would follow my trucks for ever . We would drive 3 mph under the limit and stop at a eating place and wave as they drove by….. Ironton city would give tickets even if a truck was doing the speed limit because the officer .. Thought …. A truck should be driving slower .. We would go to court and win ever time