23 Blog Posts From the Spotlight Tag


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 […]

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Missouri

Much of the civil unrest in suburban St. Louis over the last year has been linked to public frustration with onerous traffic enforcement coupled with court systems that operate more like debtors prisons than actual institutions of justice. In 2013, Ferguson, population 21,000, issued 33,000 arrest warrants for unpaid traffic tickets and other minor offenses. […]

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Iowa

In March, the Iowa Department of Transportation shut down 10 of 34 speed cameras on or near Iowa’s major highways because they had no positive safety impact. Communities affected include Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Muscatine and Sioux City, and several have filed appeals to keep the cameras flashing. This is just the […]

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Illinois

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Illinois

With its congestion, aggressive traffic enforcement and a plethora of ticket cameras, Chicago has a well-deserved reputation as a tough place to get around. But don’t let down your guard once you get out of the city; there are still plenty of hidden speed trap dangers throughout Illinois. This information comes from the NMA’s National […]

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Florida

NMA Speed Trap Spotlight: Florida

Florida is home to two of the most notorious speed trap towns in the country, Waldo and Lawtey. Waldo, however, was recently put out of business after the town council voted to disband the police department over allegations of ticket quotas and other improprieties. Still, snowbirds migrating south this winter should keep an eye out […]