Major Upgrade to Popular Site Includes Spotlight on Worst Speed Traps
Waunakee, WI – The National Motorists Association (NMA) recently announced several upgrades to its National Speed Trap Exchange at www.speedtrap.org , a site that provides motorists with the ability to identify and discuss specific speed trap locations throughout the United States and Canada. The enhancements include a new map-based user interface and a Speed Trap Roundup feature on the home page.
Searching for or reporting a speed trap on the site consisted previously of selecting a state/province and then a city from a series of lists. SpeedTrap.org now utilizes country and state maps with embedded links to make site navigation more efficient and interesting.
The Speed Trap Roundup features NMA spotlight articles that summarize speed trap activity for specific states and provinces. A new state/province spotlight is posted every few weeks. The Roundup also highlights a particularly egregious city or unique speed trap location every week or two in its “Beware of this Speed Trap” section.
The first “beware” speed trap to be featured on the site belongs to Flower Mound, Texas. Details can be found by going to www.speedtrap.org . Over the past three years, highway travelers have reported three new speed traps in the Texas city that have been affirmed by an astounding 5959 fellow travelers while only garnering 33 votes against declaring those spots as speed traps.
Candidates to replace Flower Mound when the Speed Trap Roundup is updated in the near future include Placerville, California; San Jose, California; and Colonial Beach, Virginia. To check out those cities’ qualifications for worst speed traps, visit www.speedtrap.org .
The National Motorists Association introduced the National Speed Trap Exchange 13 years ago and motorists have since reported over 80,000 speed trap locations. The Exchange provides a means to forewarn drivers by specifying chronic locations of speed traps and adding enough descriptive detail to allow those drivers to anticipate the enforcement action, slow down and avoid getting a ticket.
The NMA, noting original research by David Solomon of the U.S. Department of Commerce has shown that the safest rate of vehicular travel is a few miles per hour over the average speed of traffic, defines a speed trap as an area where enforced speed limits are set below that safest rate of travel, sacrificing safety for revenue.