Lyons, Colorado Speed Traps
I thought the flood would make this lousy speedtrap of a town more compassionate, but NO.
If you have out of state plates you might as well have a bullseye on the back of your vehicle when you pass through this joke of law enforcement. The Po-Po watch the bars and the speed zones as you leave. My mother got the only ticket in her life here about two months before she died for supposedly driving at the next speed limit indicated before getting to the sign. I got a ticket following at the same speed as people in front of me with in state plates. Do yourself a favor and avoid this black hole of fair play.
I do not have the exact address because my daughter got the ticket on her way to Denver to fly home. When she realized she could not pay it on line according to the blue ticket, she asked me to mail it for her as she was at her new job in California. I called for days till I finally got thru, who did allow me to pay it online with an additional $30.00 dollar charge as it was now late, since they did not return my call on Friday and they were not open on Monday (Memorial Day). What a speed trap!!! Does anyone know what would happen if you did not pay the ticket?
At the end of Main Street in Lyons, where 66 intersects with highways 7 and 36. I turned left onto highway 7, crossed a bridge about 150 yards from the stop sign I’d just left, and had an officer turn on his lights to pull me over. The officer said he had me clocked at 48 mph in a 25 mph zone. No way I was at that speed when I reached that bridge and I said that to the officer. I also mentioned that I didn’t know the speed limit was 25 mph in that area. There’s no sidewalks, schools or businesses in the area. The officer said there were 2 signs noting the speed limit.
I later returned to Lyons to verify that, and there is a 25 mph sign at the intersection of 66, 7 and 36. As you head further South on 7, there is a second 25 mph sign, but it’s hidden by trees until you are across the bridge. By that time, the officer already had his lights on , pulling me over.
The officer was parked at Prospect street, monitoring traffic heading out of town. He was roughly 50 yards from where the speed limit increases as you leave town.
I was issued a citation for driving 48 mph in a 25 mph. This citation would have resulted in 6 points being added to my license and a $180 fine. I had out of state plates and an out of state drivers license. The officer told me “since you’re from out of town, you probably can’t attend the court date. The instructions for mailing in the fine are on the back of the ticket”. Obviously the officer looked at an out of state driver as an easy target who wouldn’t challenge the citation.
This is all about generating revenue for the town of Lyons. Lyons doesn’t have its own police force and contracts with the county of Boulder for its law enforcement.
It appears that the Boulder County officers are trying to generate as much revenue as possible through citations, to show the town of Lyons that they are profiting from this relationship.
As you leave downtown Lyons on Main Street going east, you round a 45 degree bend at about 3rd Street and head out of town. Ahead you will see a 40 mph speed limit sign, so you speed up. A Boulder Sheriff hangs out behind a bunch of construction signs on the right side of the road and nabs motorists who see the 40 mph sign and speed up. He tags people about 50 feet before they pass the sign.
We were leaving Lyons headed into the mountains S. on Hwy7. Since the speed increased heading out of town we increased speed. We were already out of town when a deputy lit us up. He was parked on Meily street. Curiously there is a pull off right there where he stopped us. Almost like it was designed for that or just worn down from so many stops. The ticket was about $170. We had Texas plates at the time. Weeks later we drove back through except we were in a different car but with Texas plates. He was immediately on our bumper. He followed us close for several miles until I got fed up and pulled off. As others have said. Avoid Lyons. Take another route.