Valparaiso, Indiana Speed Traps
Ransom Road has several steep hills. A driver must brake in order to avoid exceeding posted 30 mph. This is a formerly rural area, recently developed, with homes sitting away from the street and facing inward. Turning south on Froberg provides for 35 mph in another recently developed stretch. However, area is most heavily patrolled prior to Froberg at the lower limit after the hills. Officers "apparently" employ moving radar, and appear to "troll" this stretch, often making U-turns to traverse Ransom between Campbell/Froberg and ticketing traffic moving in opposite direction. Some stationary enforcement at SELF parking lot, side streets, or developer’s driveway after turning off of Froberg. Heavy high school traffic provides plethora of targets, along with am/pm workers. Watch for the standard "50 in a 30," with use of the moving radar.
Police sit at the Forest Park Golf Course parking lot to catch people as they go around a curve in the road. The curve is a little on the steep side, but can easily be taken at 30-35mph while the posted speed is 25mph. I see them sitting there alot during morning and afternoon hours and sometimes on weekends…a well known speed trap in Valpo.
Enforcement is two-fold. Police park at the extreme west end of the vacant parking lot at specified intersection (A giood 80+ yds away. They have direct view of: 1) motorists heading either north / south on Lafatette St. that fail to Stop / coast through the Stop sign at the Evans interestion ( Evans traffic does NOT have to stop) 2) Police can easily witness motorists cross the adjacent Railroad tracks South on Lafayette AFTER the Warning lights have started flashing ( there is no active gate there). Violators blowing the RR crossing are best picked off at night because the squad cars are in the distance in the dark West end of the parking lot. Good Luck as patrols there are frequent !
There is heavy road construction on #2, just East of #49 (due to a new mall going in). The lanes change around every few days, and I have been seeing the police sitting UNDER Rt. 49 trying to catch speeders! The bad thing about this is, with the road lanes changing around so often, most people are concentrating on staying in the correct lane (cones and markers are EVERYWHERE!), instead of paying attention to the speed limit (which I am not even sure what it is anymore!), and they are getting caught! I just think the police are taking unfair advantage of the people trying to avoid accidents in that area, with all of the current construction, lanes changing, etc.
South of Route 30 to Route 2, County Sheriff watches closely for rolling stops and anything over 30 mph.