Sumiton, Alabama Speed Traps
The entire town of Sumiton is a speed trap. The speed limit goes from 65 to 45 very quickly, not even giving you enough time to slow down without slamming on your brakes and risking getting rear-ended. The cops know this and wait, blue lighting you as soon as you pass the 45 sign. It’s been 14 years and not a thing has changed.
There is a road on the westbound side of AL. Hwy.118 (formerly U.S. 78 before the Corridor X opened to Adamsville) named Stella Lockhart Rd. This is the western end of Sumiton P.D.’s jurisdiction. However from time to time Sumiton units will park on the top of a hill in the Argo community which is almost 2 miles west of their jurisdiction and clock vehicles traveling east. They (Sumiton P.D.) will lock the vehicles speed and then follow it back east to their jurisdiction before initiating a stop. This is on of their many PATHETIC methods for generating revenue. If the vehicle slows to the speed limit when entering the jurisdiction how can the driver be in violation of the posted limit? The only thing Sumiton cares about is how much revenue they rake-in.
As you turn onto Bryan road the speed limet is 25mph for about a mile then it goes up to 35. The Sumiton police set at the entrance to BFI and they also potrol the area down to the rail road crossing at the old Bryan load out. If you are doing 36 mph coming down the hill just before the BFI dump they will get you. Its 151.00 each time.
Approaching the town of Sumiton, the speed limit is 65. As you go over a hill, the speed limit is reduced to 50 with no warning. You start to apply your brakes, but the officer is waiting at the sign and knows you cannot reduce your speed safely by the time you reach the sign. Yes, I was out of state.
I do not think I have travled 78 thru Sumition, and not seen someone pulled over. They are well know for this.