Omega, Georgia Speed Traps
The speed limit drops rapidly in this area, and Omega PD has a black SUV parked in the median 24/7 waiting for you to not notice.
It’s not so much that there’s a trap (those are not new); it’s the fact that the state of Georgia REALLY sticks it to the poorest of America. My first & only speeding ticket, while visiting my mother on Thanksgiving eve, cost me $1000.00 for the initial ticket; an additional $200 “Super Speedy Ticket” (95MPH vs 55MPH); not to be out done by the 6-Month mandatory license suspension. I think this was more than enough to pay for their police department’s holiday party – ouch.
Jurisdiction drives black cars and hides on unlit shoulder by roadway after dusk. Traveling southbound on US319 into town you will reach a small rise. As you crest the rise a sign says Speed enforced by detection devises. In 100 feet another sign posts 45 miles per hour down from 55. Typically a warning sign is posted advising speed zone ahead. This is not the case here and drivers do not have sufficient time to adjust their speed after seeing the 45 MPH sign so local Omega, GA police officers harvest revenue from out-of-towners. The officer will sometimes cite the alleged offender with "too fast for conditions" instead of "speeding" so the munincipality doesn’t get in trouble for being a speed trap.
Two men driving an F-150 Ford truck with garbage bags in back driving 30 mph in a 45 mph zone. If you pass them the cop will pull you over and charge you with passing in a no passing zone. There is a long hill going out of town after you have stopped at the town’s only red light. Charge $66.73.