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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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 As far as Drew Corn is concerned, his town is no speed trap. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This small town made $5 million on traffic tickets, but don't call it a speed trap | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 Many simply become municipal speed traps: A handful of small Colorado towns made more than 30 percent of their revenues from traffic tickets in 2015. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the municipal court money machine burdens city residents," 24 May 2018 Traffic jams, police cars, accidents, stopped cars, speed traps, road closures, and so on. David Pogue, Scientific American, "These Apps Don't Exist Yet--but They Should," 15 May 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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