Orofino, Idaho Speed Traps

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Highway 12, right into town

Orofino, IdahoApr 28, 20033 Comments

On the outskirts of town, there’s a large cluster of signs welcoming you to Orofino and proudly displaying their various civic organizations. The smallest and least noticable of these signs says "Speed Limit: 50". Since I drive the safe speed regardless of the limit, I slowed down as I entered the city. After the city ended, I sped back up to 60.

And at 60 I was pulled over, and the officer asked me if I went through Orofino often. I said that it was my first time (I’m from Seattle). At this point I assumed he was just asking because the sign was easy to miss and, hey, we all make mistakes. Nope. He came back with a big ole’ ticket and, visibly struggling to keep a straight face, said that I could contest it although "I don’t think you’ll be coming back through here anytime soon". He very clearly singled me out because of my out-of-state plates.

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