Brooksville, Kentucky Speed Traps
I’m listing this speed trap as the Brooksville area of Bracken County, KY, because the cops were out of control there when I drove through recently. But truth be told, all of the AA Highway (Ky. Route 9) is a speed trap — from the Cincinnati suburbs of northern Kentucky to the Ashland-Grayson area in the northeastern corner of the state.
Driving this highway is a no-win situation. Observe the ridiculously low (55 mph) speed limit and you’ll be tailgated mercilessly by trucks and the local yokels who drive the road regularly. Exceed the speed limit and you’ll likely be pulled over by one of the young state troopers who patrol the AA ruthlessly
There’s absolutely no valid reason why the speed limit shouldn’t be 65mph. The road is in very good condition, it’s very lightly traveled, and there are plentiful truck passing lanes. However you’ve got to understand that the AA Highway runs through a very poor part of the country. (Average per-capita income in Bracken County is about $16,000.) Ticketing unsuspecting motorist who aren’t strictly following an artificially low speed limit is a prime source of income for places like Bracken County and Carter County (Grayson).
The Commonwealth of Kentucky really should be ashamed of itself for allowing an otherwise pleasant stretch of road to become a highway of horrors. The state has struggled for years with its backward image, and the behavior of state troopers along the AA Highway does nothing but worsen that image.
My advice? If you need to travel east from Cincinnati, find a route through southern Ohio (I hear U.S. 35 isn’t too bad) or head south to Lexington on I-75 and then east on I-64.