Grangeville, Idaho Speed Traps
This section of highway, outside of Grangeville, ID, has been a well maintained 55 mph highway for many years. While driving there this morning, we managed to miss a new 45mph sign. We were following a UPS truck and several other cars doing the exact same speed, when an Idaho State Trooper approached in the opposite lane. He immediately made a u-turn and lit us up. I was monitoring the GPS in the passenger seat, and no speed limit data was even available. We were written up for 56 in a 45mph zone. In the last 2 years, I have witnessed numerous ISP units pulling over motorists in this area. My wife, who was driving, had a previous 40 year perfect record with no moving violations until this morning. Conversations with other local residents confirmed my suspicion that this is a speed trap.
When coming through Grangeville the speed limit drops to 35 mph for about 1/4 mile and is patrolled very often. Officers are usually hidden out of sight.
Hiway 95 passes through the west side city limits. The speed drops from 65 to 45 then to 35MPH. The Gville city police patrol the 35MPH heavy.
There’s a problem with signage in Idaho. Hwy 12 – from Lolo, Montana west to the Idaho border is 65 mph. At the unmarked Idaho border, speed limit changes to 50 mph and remains 50 for the rest of the westward hwy. BUT there is NO SPEED LIMIT SIGN for approx 30 miles into Idaho (many signs on this highway have been removed from their post, or have been broken off by avalanche or snowplows and are laying on the ground). So how do you know you are speeding? You know when the Idaho State Police comes flying out of their hiding place in the trees and pulls you over…….