speed trap


: a stretch of road policed by often concealed officers or devices (such as radar) so as to catch speeders

Examples of speed trap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delaware State Police have agreed to pay $50,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit filed by a man who said troopers violated his constitutional rights by preventing him from warning motorists about a speed trap. CBS News, 4 Sep. 2023 So, not just known for being a speed trap, after all! Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 15 July 2023 Then prosecutors sent them to prison - Inside Alabama’s worst speed traps For more news – from sports to education – straight to your inbox, check out our full lineup of newsletters. Al.com Staff, al, 25 Apr. 2023 The technology is also useful for air traffic control, highway speed traps and weather forecasting—and it’s not reserved for Earth. Briley Lewis, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2023 In 2019, a prosecutor determined the city's Police Department violated Arkansas' speed trap law. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 11 Feb. 2023 Experts compared the process to a speed trap where violators get warnings but rarely tickets. Rachel Axon, USA Today, 15 Dec. 2022 The town, home to nearly 1,300 people, is another northwest Alabama speed trap, between Huntsville and the Shoals. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2022 These top three form a sort of Orion’s Belt of speed trap towns, as all three are on a 15-mile stretch of that highway in northwest Alabama. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of speed trap was in 1925

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“Speed trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20trap. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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