Darien, Georgia Speed Traps
THESE ARE NOT SPEED TRAPS, THIS IS THE MCINTOSH COUNTY UNLAWFULLY PULLING MOTORIST OVER ON 95 AND ROUTE 17 MALICIOUSLY EXTORTING MONIES. LYING AND STEALING YOUR MONEY. YOUR INSURANCE RAISES AND YOU ARE LEFT WITH FEES UP TO 1,000.00. I SUGGEST YOU CONTACT THE FBI OF GA AND I BELIVE THEY ARE LOCATED IN BRUNSWICK. IF THIS DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ISSUE CONTACT WASHINGTON FBI. THIS PRACTICE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS AND I SUGGEST A LAWSUIT BE FILED TO ADDRESS THIS COUNTY AND THEIR EXTORTION PRACTICES. THE ELDERLY HAVE ALSO BEEN TARGETED!!!
I was traveling near mile post 49, the officer said I was going 85 in a 60 I had my cruise set at 70 and a speed warning on my car that tells me when my car exceeds the limit I have set. He said maybe my speed odometer needed looked at. What a joke my car is a 2016 with less than 1000 miles on it, is he for real? There was heavy traffic he said he used laser which is very accurate. I was issued a ticket he said would be around $180 Not it was $705. Real Highway robbery.
Darien, GA Is One Of Top Three Worst Georgia Speed Traps!
Driving south through Darien, Ga on Route 17 at 3:00 in the afternoon. Posted Speed sign showed 40 mph, and we were driving 38. We were pulled over and cited for speeding in a school zone. According to the police officer, speed in downtown is 35 mph, “except in school zone”. He said that 30 minutes before school and 30 minutes after school, the speed dropped 10 mph, so we should have been driving 25. There is a sign across top of road that says entering school zone, HOWEVER, there are NO SIGNS saying speed drops to 25 at a certain time of day. As an outsider, there is no way to know the speed limit changed, much less what time it is enforced. The ticket was issued for driving 38 in a 25 mile zone. Fine was $135 plus 10% extra to pay by phone or online. (Only way to avoid the extra fee is to drive back to Darien and pay in person). The officer also said while we have to pay the fine, but there are no points put on the driving record. This is a very suspicious indicator of a classic speed trap.
Georgia passed a law to try and cut back on these notorious communities that entrap visitors. It offers people much more ability to protest and dispute these tickets — but only when points are imposed. So now the communities side-step the law by levying hefty fines … but no points. With a population of under 2,000 people, Darien generates over $1 million per year in ticket revenues.
About 4AM on October 1, 2016 I was traveling South on I-95. I was running 75-80MPH when I saw blue lights. I fully expected the officer to tell me he clocked me at 80, however he said he clocked me at 95. I requested that he recheck his radar because I knew I was not going above 80. He said he checked and that it was accurate. I pleaded with him because I cannot afford to lose my license. He changed the ticket to 88 in a 70. I thought this was better. I found out later that it was considered a super speeder which fines added up to 380.00 and an increase in insurance. Throughout the remainder of my long drive I paid closer attention to what the speed checkers in construction zones registered as well as other traffic speeds around me. I was really questioning the calibration of my car but all those questions were put to rest when I had my car checked to ensure accuracy.
I was last in a line of 4 cars that were over taking 2 18 wheelers, in the middle lane, with basically no other traffic around for miles. I was traveling about 75 mph. The sun was just barely coming up on a tuesday morning. There were orange barrels off the right shoulder in the grass. A sherriff was waiting at an overpass/underpass just before mile marker 49. He claimed the speed limit was 60, although I had just recently seen a sign for 70. Apparently there is a single, smaller less obvious sign just before the speed trap.
I was being passed on the left by a white SUV. but the cop pulled behind me, I presumed because I was the last car in the pack and so the easy target. He claimed I was doing 84, but I was certain I was about 75 to 77.
He didnt say anything except asked for drivers license and registration, and then said signing the ticket was not an admission of guilt, stated the court date and said I could call the number for the fine.
It was basically dark and his vehicle was not visible until you passed him at the underpass. It was a dark painted SUV with the words Sheriff on it.
After he gave me the ticket, he drove the wrong way down the highway and right back to the underpass. A week later, on my return trip, I verified signage and location, and sure enough the cop was sitting there again.