Soda Springs, Idaho Speed Traps
Four lane divided highway, straight as an arrow. Looks like a freeway but ain’t–as the trooper told me. Leaving town heading west you can see for 20 miles or more. Highway is excessive for traffic. Looked ahead an saw a trooper pulling over a car approaching, look in mirror and saw a trooper pulling me over. This is a road designed to tempt drivers into freeway speeds with a lower limit. Only good thing is the fine is a relatively minor $85. Had a rental car with Texas plates, probably didn’t help. The car opposite had Montana plates by the way.
I was stopped for doing 3 mph over the existing limit, as I approached a sign increasing the limit by 10 mph. Actually, as I learned from a resident, anywhere in Soda Springs is a speed trap. Especially if you have out-of-town plates. Take a clue from the locals, drive 5 MPH under the limit at all times. The police have a zero tolerance policy, as speeding tickets are the main source of revenue for the city.
As you start to leave the city , the speed limit remains at 35, but you want to go faster. The Soda Springs Police hide behind objects and look for cars from other states. Be prepared to be searched.