Santa Cruz, California Speed Traps
Heading south on Hwy 1 towards Watsonville, the highway becomes 3 lanes where the San Andreas Rd onramp enters the freeway and shortly thereafter heads straight up a hill. About halfway up this hill is the Mar Monte Avenue exit and freeway overpass where the CHP love to set up a couple of motorcycle units with handheld radar guns that allow them to monitor both the south and north bound sides. They also have additional patrol cars stationed at the southbound Mar Monte onramp and further up the freeway at the vista point onramp to pull over speeders on the southbound side. The motorcycle units on the overpass are usually used to nab speeders on the northbound side. On a sunny day if you look ahead to the overpass when you’re about a quarter mile from it you can sometimes see the sun glinting off their helmets, but even if you don’t see them you should not be going faster than 65mph in that stretch of Hwy 1 EVER because they lurk there very frequently.
southbound from Highway One, you are used to moving fast and the speed limit on Morrisey is 30, so don’t get caught! Especially bad when coming from the south, because there is no stop sign. If the light is green, you continue on at 40 plus and you are BUSTED! Be careful!
A motorcycle cop sits at the bottom of the Bay St. hill with a radar gun during high traffic volume. Usually egress of traffic from UCSC and AM traffic going to work, school, etc.
In early morning there is a cop car sitting across from Shaeffer Road on Highway One on the right side, if going north, in the entrance to the City Park, hiding behind a small hill. This is right after the stop light at Western Drive and Highway One-before Wilder Ranch.
Motorcycle cop hides in a side street on the west side. I don’t mind that much because I live on the street and way too many people drive 40+ in a posted 25.