Yreka, California Speed Traps
Just past the Oregon/California border CHP units sit in the meridian to nail people coming down the 6% grade. It is especially hard to see them at night as they have all lights off, and will drive up behind you without lights on. I was pulled over Labor Day weekend 2009 in this manner.
There was no one behind me and suddenly I had headlights and flashers behind me.
Also at the bottom of the big hill just north of Yreka there is a wide turnout in the meridian near the bridge over the creek and I have seen CHP units parked there to nail people coming around the turn and down the hill. By the time you see them it is usually too late. It is very hard to see them around dusk also. I just saw one doing this on the 26th of March 2010.
The local Highway patrol office located in Yreka apparently needs lots of money to keep it open and the I5 stretch is a great source of income for them; both on the down hill entering Yreka from Oregon and on the stretch by the Weed Airport. I have received numerous tickets in this area. One was written for going 101 miles an hours. I think the officer never thought that someone from SF would come to his town to contest it. I did and the judge dropped it to "going over the speed limit". He did not reduce the extra fine however –instead opted to ok me for traffic school.
When traveling northbound or southbound on I-5 one must be very careful of Yreka; Yreka is a small town, but has a completely disproportionate number of CHP to citizens. It is almost impossible to pass through Yreka without getting strong Ka radar alerts. I got a ticket for 75 in a 65 and was pulled over by three CHP officers. Observe the speed limit through Yreka; it is one of the deadliest speed traps in Northern California.
This is a very active area for CHP units along I5 through Yreka,CA – Always drive the limit through this area!