Fredonia, Arizona Speed Traps
Coming out of hiking the north rim of the Grand Canyon we let several vehicles pass us (we were driving the posted speed limit). We crest a hill at Fredonia and without warning the speed limit changes to 25! Before we could slow down (we would have had to slam on our brakes), we were pulled over. They were waiting for it — so they must know that something is amiss.
The police officer was a little rude and the fees are exorbitant.
Entering Fredonia from Grand Canyon, sudden speed limit drop, high enforcement. I reduced speed entering town and could recall no advance warning or speed limit signs. Immediately upon entering town was pulled over and given ticket for going 45 mph in 35 mph zone, despite my best effort to reason with the officer. Being from NJ didn’t help. My first speeding ticket in 20 years. A Classic Speed Trap!! Definitely my last visit to Fredonia.
This is a trap on the climb up to the Coconino Plateau which is the access to the north rim of Grand Canyon. The road is narrow (9′ lanes!) with hairpin turns, no shoulders and dramatic cliff drop-offs. I was cited for veering into the other lane (not speeding). I knew it was a trap when included with the ticket was information about how to pay if you are returning to a foreign country. (A lot of foreign tourists visit the Grand Canyon, of course, and I myself was a day’s drive from my home). I saw three other patrollman that day all the way into Fredonia. This trap must support the entire county. Best advice: avoid the entire "Arizona Strip", which is that part of Arizona north of the Grand Canyon.