speed trap


Definition of speed trap

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

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Most notably, earlier this year the company began adding speed trap alerts. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NYPD Wants Waze to Stop Warning People About DWI Traps," 7 Feb. 2019 August 1995 Waldo and Lawtey are first declared speed traps by AAA. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Waldo is no longer the nation's worst speed trap, AAA says," 11 July 2018 But that feature could save you from blundering into a speed trap. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the New Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 Is the Most Futuristic (Gas-Powered) Car on the Road," 21 Dec. 2018 After more than 20 years, the north Florida towns of Waldo and Lawtey are no longer the nation’s worst speed traps, the AAA auto and travel club has declared. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Waldo is no longer the nation's worst speed trap, AAA says," 11 July 2018 Doing the same to alert others to a speed trap, though, might. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "New cars offer no good space to store a purse," 2 Sep. 2017 His comments come after the AAA puts up a billboard warning that Waldo is a speed trap. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Waldo is no longer the nation's worst speed trap, AAA says," 11 July 2018 But long-standing objections — including that police will use radar in speed traps to make money — persist. Michaelle Bond, Philly.com, "In Pa., local cops can't use radar to catch speeders. That could soon change," 18 June 2018 Towns that function as speed traps have been around since automobiles became the dominant mode of transportation. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Lawsuit shows how traffic tickets and other municipal fines may skew justice," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of speed trap

1925, in the meaning defined above

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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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