Goleta, California Speed Traps
Speed changes dramatically within seconds from 35 to 25.
Watch out in the morning when approaching the Patterson on-ramp on the 101 North. I drive by this spot every weekday morning on my way to work around 7:50 or 7:55 and there is a motorcycle cop aiming his gun at oncoming traffic. They sit in the space between the on-ramp and the highway, just past the 217 overpass. I see a guy there probably three times during the week.
I also drove by that spot this past Saturday at about 10AM and saw one then too.
Not a terribly smart place for a spot for a speedtrap IMO, at least during the week, as traffic generally doesn’t allow you to go over 75 MPH anyways. I usually drive a bit under 75MPH and never arouse any attention. Just make sure you don’t choose this spot to do some high-speed weaving and you should be fine.
I’ve also seen a bike-cop on the other side of the freeway at the same spot many times during the weekends.
Just like good ol’ cops to fulfill their quota by picking on morning-time commuters who are just trying to get to their jobs and pay income tax.
If you cruise this 25 MPH zone at 30 MPH or more you’re going to get a ticket during the day. I drive through this stretch almost every day at lunchtime and see at least one and often two cars pulled over both times I cruise through. There are two or three bike cops just roaming this short stretch back and forth during that hour. And they have plenty of "cute" hiding spots so don’t assume know one’s watching just because you can’t see one.
There are also constant cross-walk stings going on during the lunch hour, where they send the same under-cover officer back and forth across one of the crosswalks until someone bites. I don’t disagree with these stings as drivers are pretty bad about this, but make sure it’s not you.
Right before reaching UCSB via the 217: usually a patrol car behind the shrubs/trees to your right….can’t really see it until you look back.
Motorcycle cop with radar gun usually is waiting for the rush hour commuter traffic leaving Santa Barbara