NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Oklahoma


Oklahoma has an abundance of tiny municipalities, each competing for your hard-earned speed trap dollars. The most notorious is probably Stringtown, a serial violator of the state’s speed trap law. Two years ago the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety shut down the Stringtown Police Department for generating three-quarters of the town’s revenue from speed trapping operations along U.S. Highway 69, well beyond the state-mandated limit of 50 percent.

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.

Five Highest Activity Speed Trap Locations

1. Dewar:                  Along Hwy 266

102 Reports          96% Acknowledgement Rate

“Local PD patrol this area with a vengeance. Avoid this town! I almost moved there, glad I didn’t. It would have been too expensive in the long run. Locals have put up speed trap warning signs at each end of the town. BEWARE!”

2.  Asher:                   Any direction you enter the small town, you will get stopped

85 Reports             93% Acknowledgement Rate*

“There is one officer and he stops anyone who is even close to speeding, There isn’t even a town there just a couple quick stops and the cop writing tickets.”

3.  Tulsa:                    Sheridan Rd. btwn 61st & 71st

31 Reports             93% Acknowledgement Rate

“I only see them in the a.m. A black unmarked Crown Vic and motorcycle in the vicinity of the Chase bank. Seems like they prey on the southbound traffic coming down the hill after 61st St.”

4.  Waukomis:            9 Miles south of Enid, Oklahoma on US Highway 81

23 Reports             100% Acknowledgement Rate

“High speed highway US 81 on east side of Waukomis. City is completely to the west of the highway with open fields on the right of the highway. City has installed a series of slowdown signs to 45 mph which are easily missed when traveling at the posted highway speed of 65 mph. Signs are situated so that you are in violation before you can slow down. It will cost you 100 to 200 dollars for a violation payable to the City of Waukomis.”

5.  Talala:                   Hwy 169 northeast Oklahoma

24 Reports             92% Acknowledgement Rate 

“One mile of 169 Hwy goes thru this town, speed limit 45 mph, if they cannot get you for speeding they will stop you for window tint which it take them about 2 miles to get you stopped outside of town so they can see how fast their car can go.”

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

Rank City Number of Speed Traps Acknowledgement Rate
1 Kiowa 14 98%
2 Guthrie 12 97%
3 Tulsa 11 91%
4 Oklahoma City 10 92%
5 Norman 9 90%
6 Bixby 5 87%
7 Duncan 5 90%
8 Rush Springs 4 86%
9 Luther 4 83%
10 Arcadia 4 85%

* 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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