Venice, Florida Speed Traps
Sheriff’s white SUV parks in median, on Venice E Blvd, facing north – using regular and instant-on radar.
Speed limit north/west bound is 45 until the hospital they sit in the empty parking lot early am and late pm.lot is set back so you can’t see when coming either direction!
FHP sits in the middle using radar. Usually in unmarked cars.
Speed limit is 25 mph, in either direction. Past Siesta Dr. is 30 mph. Normal flow is 35 to 40 mph. Cops there in driveways using radar at peak traffic times.
A recently improved divided highway from Venice to Englewood with a speed limit set at 45 MPH, artificially under road conditions, causing drivers going to work and home some paranoia. Traffic flow is typically moving at 55 MPH due to the rural nature of the road. This road goes from Venice in Sarasota County into Englewood where the jurisdiction changes to Charlotte County. Sarasota County deputies consistantly set up on the Venice bound side in the morning to catch out of county drivers going to work, and on the Englewood bound side in the afternoon to catch the same out of county drivers going home. It’s a real money maker for them as they typically ticket at 61 MPH (netting a $250 fine each ticket) on a road that should be 55 MPH, (the speed limit of which is set the same as Hwy 41bypass going through the thickest commercial part of Venice’s Hwy 41. Sarasota Co. is ripping Charlotte Co. residents with the artificially low limit, and selective targeting of out of county drivers, and they know it. Even the police drive 55+ when going to gas their cars in Venice, and often can be seen ignoring rules they expect everyone else to pay for once trapped in their little roadside rip-tide. It’s highly unethical and one never sees them set up in a reverse configuration, i.e. to catch both county’s drivers fairly. This facet (and the statistics) should be investigated, and the limit should be re-evaluated and set to the speed that the police, and everyone else drive naturally. The extra 10 MPH nets them a lot more money. Statistically, this road should be compared to Hwy 41 through Venice, and adjusted accordingly.