Worst Speed-Traps


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A new list compiled by the National Motorists Association identifies 25 cities in the U.S. and Canada with the most reported speed traps — ticket-blitz zones in which police stealthily enforce the speed limit.

Toronto made the list, at No. 17, with 4.7 speed traps reported per 100,000 residents.

But the Canadian city in which you’re most likely to be nabbed for speeding is Windsor. The town that sits across from Detroit ranked second on the list, behind Livonia, Michigan, with 17.6 reported speed traps per 100,000 residents.

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Two other Canadian cities also made the list. Hamilton ranked ahead of Toronto at No. 15 with 5 speed traps reported, and Edmonton came in at 19th with 3.3.

The list is based on speed traps submitted anonymously by drivers on the NMA’s National Speed Trap Exchange since Sept. 1, 2009.

“Speed traps are characterized by arbitrarily low speed limits and heavy traffic enforcement,” the NMA said in a news release. “Motorists should be alert in those areas to avoid receiving citations.”

See the full list below of reported speed traps per 100,000 residents:

1. Livonia, Michigan 27.9 speed traps per 100,000 residents

2. Windsor, Ontario 17.6

3. Orlando, Florida 17.2

4. Las Vegas, Nevada 11.1

5. Denver, Colorado 10.9

6. Reno, Nevada 10.4

7. Tampa, Florida 8.9

8. Colorado Springs, Colorado 7.2

9. Austin, Texas 6.1

10. Sarasota, Florida 6.1

11. Portland, Oregon 5.8

12. Jacksonville, Florida 5.4

13. San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County) 5.3

14. Fresno, California 5.0

15. Hamilton, Ontario 5.0

16. New Orleans, Louisiana 4.7

17. Toronto, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area) 4.7

18. Houston, Texas (Harris County) 4.0

19. Edmonton, Alberta 3.3

20. San Diego, California (San Diego County) 3.2

21. Indianapolis, Indiana 3.2

22. San Jose, California 3.1

23. Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) 1.9

24. Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles County) 1.6

25. New York, New York (5 boroughs) 0.9

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