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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Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg disagrees with the idea that cameras are speed traps. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Deaths at red lights have surged since 2012, AAA study finds," 29 Aug. 2019 Given the inordinately low posted speed limit of 25 mph on Obrecht and the speed traps regularly stationed there, the county clearly recognizes this as a pedestrian and population-dense area. Sherri Leimkuhler, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Sherri Leimkuhler: A row over the need to mow," 17 Aug. 2019 After Kent Narrows, drivers could get pulled over at a speed trap at the Delaware State Line. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Heading to Ocean City and Rehoboth beaches in the ’70s, the journey was half the fun," 2 Aug. 2019 California’s speed trap law was first drafted more than five decades ago, when police officers first began using radar guns to catch speeders. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. police ticketed drivers on streets with expired speed limits, lawsuit says," 19 July 2019 One potential precedent is our regulation of driving—which includes licensing, mandatory bans of recklessness and drunkenness, and surveillance tools like speed traps. George Church, Ars Technica, "We should create a global DNA threat-detection network to fight future pathogens," 19 June 2019 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

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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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