The Worst Speed Trap in the Country?

Waldo, where fines paid by passing motorists are a big money-maker.


The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.

AAA named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two "traffic traps" nationwide and even placed an attention-getting billboard outside the limits of the town to warn drivers to slow down before entering.


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  1. Where’s Waldo?

    The solution: Never, ever drive through Waldo. Go a hundred miles out of your way if you have to. Then, once you’ve reached your destination, take a few minutes to send an email to the city council and explain exactly what you did and why you did it.

    1. Absolutely, do everything in your power to avoid those towns. Don’t spend one dime there, let them die on the vine. I like your comment about emailing the city council. I think I will start doing that. I drive through a lot of small towns in Louisiana that do the same thing.

      1. I drive about 15K miles on I-95 annually, between home and DC. I plan my fuel stops to avoid particularly fucked-up towns like Dillon SC, and any place in Maryland. Many years ago I sent a letter to the Town of Dillon stating that due to their policy of targeting south-bound interstate traffic (mostly families going on vacation and carrying cash) for asset forfeiture, I would do everything in my power to spread the word: Avoid Dillon SC. Drive through, don’t speed, don’t stop, and don’t spend a dime. The response I got back was one of surprise. It seems that most city council members are businessmen, and aren’t particularly aware that this new-flangled interwebz thing can spread bad news like wildfire.

  2. Put Piperton, TN on the list to avoid.

    A dreadful little town of about 1500 people with something like a dozen full time “officers”.

    Perhaps the best success story of shutting down these awful places is that of New Rome, Ohio:


  3. The 101 just North of Salinas. 55, 65, 55, BOOM. Same pig-tailed trooper every time. She’s gotten fatter over the years.

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