speed trap

noun

Definition of 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 Every winter, the air quality in Delhi turns hazardous as lower temperatures and decreasing wind speed trap particulate matter closer to the ground. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz India, "Can turning off the ignition at traffic signals help curtail pollution?," 8 Nov. 2020 German radio stations alert drivers to the locations of speed traps on the Autobahn. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk,’’ wrote the New York Police Department in a letter to Google in February, demanding that Waze stop alerting users to those locations.," 23 Oct. 2019 German radio stations alert drivers to the locations of speed traps on the Autobahn. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk,’’ wrote the New York Police Department in a letter to Google in February, demanding that Waze stop alerting users to those locations.," 23 Oct. 2019 Google is rolling out the ability to report speed traps, crashes and slowdowns in real time to its Maps iOS app, making the new feature available to about 1 billion existing users worldwide. Washington Post, "Google Maps now helps iPhone users avoid speed traps," 22 Oct. 2019 They were also aided by a network of spotters, driving ahead of them and reporting road conditions as well as the placement of police speed traps. CBS News, "Trio drives from New York to Los Angeles in 27 hours, setting new Cannonball Run record," 7 Dec. 2019 German radio stations alert drivers to the locations of speed traps on the Autobahn. Washington Post, "Google Maps now helps iPhone users avoid speed traps," 22 Oct. 2019 The most popular suggestion was Donald J. Trump Highway, and others included Citation Way, for Dixie’s numerous speed traps, and Snowflake Street, a swipe at the easily offended. Dan Sweeney, sun-sentinel.com, "Rename Dixie Highway? Hard no, most readers say.," 3 Dec. 2019 Google is rolling out the ability to report speed traps, crashes, and slowdowns in real time to its Maps iOS app, making the new feature available to about 1 billion existing users worldwide. BostonGlobe.com, "‘‘Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk,’’ wrote the New York Police Department in a letter to Google in February, demanding that Waze stop alerting users to those locations.," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of speed trap

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Speed trap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speed%20trap. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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speed trap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speed trap

: an area of road where police hide from drivers and use special equipment to catch people who are driving too fast

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