Yreka, California Speed Traps
I have been reading about the speed traps around Yreka and other parts of Siskiyou county, CA, but even slowing down to 64 will not protect you. CHP pulled me over and lectured me about being an obstruction to the flow of traffic (even though no one was passing me and I was only maintaining an assured clear stopping distance from a line of heavy traffic going uphill on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! Isn’t it rather remarkable that the traffic was actually moving, much less going the speed limit?) for going 64 in a 65 zone. Further he ticketed me for VC 22400(b) which is enabling legislation that allows the Department of Transportation engineering division to conduct traffic surveys to establish a minimum speed. Then, Siskiyou County bailed me for driving without headlights (HUH?) and it took an act of Congress to get them to pay attention to what I wrote to them. Further, when I finally got their attention – (it took snail mail, a thick black magic marker and very small words) I finally got a phone number and the person I talked to said that they “did not read” the correspondance that they get in the mail. Then after all of this, they found me guilty of violation of VC22400(b) which no citizen can ever be charged with in the first place. This tells they never read the trial by declaration documents (a denial of due process) and that they find all people guilty of traffic violations. Once I get this ticket dismissed on appeal, I am going directly to the relevant oversite agencies about this. Even though it may be only 1 ticket, the way that it is handled tells me that this is a problem for thousands of people who have no choic but to use Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County CA. Their county budget for court fines as a revenue line item on their published budget is huge in comparison to their overall budget, and yet the distribution of the revenue on their report of operations splits up the fines so many ways that it is impossible to actually calculate the collections of traffic fines.
I have NEVER not seen CHP sitting in the media, usually two units, sometimes three. This is an outrageously steep grade, and believe me, you can get up to 80 before you blink your eye. The roadway is in like a canyon, so you cannot see out in front, and it winds back and forth. On the last bend, you come around to a straight stretch, and BAM! there they are, tag teaming and pulling over motorists one after another. Here’s the thing. When you are back up about a mile or two toward the top, you can actually see way down the canyon to your right and you will see where the road flattens out. That’s where you can see the CHP. They will look small, but believe me, if you think you see what looks like a white top car, you do! Downshift and keep her at 64. Don’t give them opportunity to zap you.
This ENTIRE area DEFINES "speed trap." It’s unbelievable. They cut the speed limit down to 65 from 70 for that 5(?) mile span for the sole purpose of raping people of their money. It’s not just southbound– I got a ticket for going 75 in a 65 two years ago when I was going north (2008). The idiot also went so far as to call backup and search my wallet and car without probable cause. I SHOULD have sued him. They scared the hell out of me– all for going 75 on the interstate near a tiny town. I didn’t have the time for a lawsuit at the time. Honest to god, this area should get statewide exposure for the rape zone that it is. EVERYONE should know.
Mostly a trap for southbound motorists heading downhill from Anderson Pass towards Yreka after climbing out of the Klamath River canyon. Cops sit hidden in cuts in the median or behind construction equipment on median of I-5. Speed limit is 65, not 70 like most of I-5 in California. It’s rare not to see someone pulled over on the southbound side. They also look for northbound traffic speeding up after leaving Yreka.
There are more cops per mile on Highway 3 between Yreka and Fort Jones than just about anywhere in California, it seems. They look for speeders westbound downhill from Forest Mountain Pass. A lot of pretext stops during the summer season, as well. CHP, Siskiyou county sheriffs.