Pure Coincidence or Speed Trap

This past Saturday, I had driven I-94 quite a bit. First going westbound, I noticed a state trooper on the shoulder with his lights on behind a car with a man changing his wheel. I pointed it out to my girlfriend, because its not often you see something like that. About 30 minutes later, I’m driving eastbound past the same area. Once again I see a trooper pulled behind a car, standing outside while a man is kneeling at a wheel with a tire iron. I had my suspicions, but it still could be pure coincidence. A few hours later I am once again driving westbound on 94 (this time on the way to see the Tigers, awesome game). Once again there is a trooper and another car setup like the other two times.

This is obviously a trap.
So many drivers in Michigan believe if a cop has someone pulled over, its okay to speed past them. This looked like a tactic to grab some of these people. I must say, I’m impressed by their cleverness.

Usually I would say I’m against speed traps, not because I like to speed, but because they are not effective — ineffective for road safety, very effective in ticket writing. However, in this case the cop is in clear view. If you feel you can still break the law since the officer is ‘too busy to catch you’, well then you had it coming.

3 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    i’m confused… so you think that the people didn’t really have flat tires??? this is michigan, home of the worst roads in michigan…

    the way i see it, speeding is illegal and if you get caught for whatever reason, you get a ticket… i never fight speeding tickets because i speed all the time…

  2. Johnny (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

    I don’t think there were any actual flat tires. The setup was exactly the same for each of the three instances I witnessed with a 4-hour period (two of them were within 30 minutes).

    The officer stood in front of his car while the owner of the car with the ‘flat tire’ would be on his knees in front of the wheel. Each time it was on the driver side (visible to passer-bys) and each time the wheel was still on the axle.

    If I were to have only seen this once in the day, I would have thought nothing of it, but it was like deja-vu times three. And the stretch of expressway was recently resurfaced.

  3. gencinjay (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 8:41 am

    Officers will always pull behind a car with a flat tire on the expressway to give them some safety. I’ve seen this happen for years.

    The fact that the officer was out of his car is an indication that he isn’t inclined to go chasing somebody for a speeding ticket. First he doesn’t have his radar/laser gun on him. Second, there’s too much of a chance that the offender would exit and be gone before the officer ever got to them. Third, had it been a trap you would have noticed that the decoy car was the same every time.

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