San Jose, California Speed Traps
As you approach 87 from either direction on Chynoweth, the road will take a sharp dip to go underneath. The speed limit in this area is posted as 35 only, a sudden change from the normal speed. People generally continue to go with traffic about 5+ the normal speed under the highway, but traps wait on the other side at the top of the hill where the road gets back to its normal elevation and ticket you for violating the underpass speed. This is compounded by Gunderson high school being on the far side going east, so the school zone may further reduce the speed limit.
The 9 month old Taylor street bridge, overcrossing Highway 85 near downtown San Jose, is right next door to the sheriff offices and other civil buildings. The bridge is an UNPOSTED 25mph zone, followed by a posted 35mph zone as you head toward either Coleman Ave or First Street. Towards Coleman Ave unmounted officers routinely flag down everyone speeding and coming off the bridge for ticketing by a squad car parked closer to Coleman (and across from the rose gardens).
Unless you ride your breaks on the downgrade of the bridge, it is very easy to exceed 25mph! Don’t let the bad sun glare in the afternoon or morning commutes distract you from keeping the needle at exactly 25mph.
If you are exiting Blossom Hill from Hwy 101 South and making a right on Blossom Hill Rd or are coming from Silver Creek Valley Rd going west on Blossom Hill Rd, be wary for speed trap enforcement right after you pass Monterey Rd and going "downhill". The cops are on the right at the bottom of the "slope" before Beswick Rd. Speed limit is 40, but NOBODY ever drive that speed, especially since it’s a SLOPE. The most blatant Speed Trap I have ever seen!!!!
Hiding in public parking lot behind store signs.
As you come Down Branham ave going toward Pearl Ave from the Naravez side you will have to go up a Hill (over the light rail) As you come down the hill the officers sit at the base of the hill pointing the radar gun up the hill. they catch you coasting down the hill because they know you wont have time to slow to 35 mph. Watch out.