Ellendale, Delaware Speed Traps
Enforced by local police, sometime by state police. On Rt-16, east of Rt. 113, through the entire town of Ellendale: 25MPH strictly enforced with radar. I have traveled this route 20-25 times a year for almost 30 years, and I see the local cop staked out at least 50% of the time. It’s the worst trap on a popular route from the DC/Baltimore area to the DE beaches and Ocean City. Beware! Anything above 30 might rate a stop. Also, DE drivers must have current insurance proof or it’s a sure ticket.
1. Coming into in-town ellendale, there is ALWAYS an Ellendale cop in a silver Crown Vic either sitting there on the main strip or on a side road right off the main strip. DO NOT GO ABOVE THE POSTED 25MPH SPEED LIMIT HERE, OR YOU WILL GET JACKED UP!!!
2. Do not go above 50 on the stretch of Rt. 16 between 113 & 13… EVER!!! There is almost always a state boy somewhere on that stretch of road waiting for you…
One of the worst speed traps in Delaware! It’s also a zero tolerance area so don’t expect any mercy from the police officer. This is a main route to the resort area (from the DC/Baltimore area) through a small town, Ellendale. Within the town of Ellendale NEVER exceed 25mph……because they WILL pull you over! This is located on Rt 16 just east of Rt 113. Be advised, if you enter Ellendale from the EAST (after leaving the beaches, etc)……the Rt 16 speed limit goes from 50 to an immediate 35mph around a curve. Most often thats where they pull over most people! BEWARE of Ellendale, DE…….stay at 25mph and you wont have a problem!
Local Police almost always present during the day when I pass through. Posted limit is 25, and I never do more than 30. They sometimes wait on the east end to trap west-bound motorists who don’t brake down. Also watch for state police who camp out and patrol east and west of the town on Route 16. Limit is an unrealistic 50 mph! Road east is straight as a string for a 4 mile stetch.
Your turn off DE-1 which has a 55mph limit and almost immediately on entering Rt16 East you enter a 25mph zone as you are about to enter Ellendale. An unmarked police vehicle usually sits right after the 25mph posted sign on the right. It’s also a zero tolerance area so don’t expect any mercy from the police officer.