Gilbert, Louisiana Speed Traps
Coming northbound out of Gilbert on Highway 15, the speed limit goes from 45 to 55 to 65 within in a reasonable distance. However, the 45 MPH limit extends north of the actual business district for a good distance. Because you have left the business district, you may be tempted to think that the speed limit has gone back up while you are actually still in the 45 MPH area.
The local police frequently wait for speeders in a vacant lot which is just to the east side of the highway on the north end of town, but still in the 45 MPH area. If you yield to temptation and kick it back up to 65 in this stretch, they may nail you. I got pulled over once in this very manner, but the two officers just warned me and let me go. I don’t think this necessarily qualifies as a speed trap, but it is definitely a spot where you’ll want to watch the posted speed.
Driving south into town along this main street the city limits sign is easily 1/4 to 1/2 mile before any other indications of a town. This is a new concrete, four lane highway. I don’t think there is even a traffic light on it. Speed limit drops sharply from 65mph to 45mph. After passing the city/speed limits sign thre is a long sweeping curve to the right and the cop sits on a service road and shoots Lidar from between the trees. When he pulled me over he said he shot me at 69 in a 45, but my donut detector/ k40 radar detector had never made a peep. The cop was the Asst. Cheif and was insolent, unshaven and absolutely unforgiving. I complained to my state legislator and his comment to me was that Gilbert was a small farming town and if I wanted any help with my complaint I would have to go to their local state rep. Thats ok. He is up for re-election this fall. By the way Gilbert city hall told me that if I would pay the ticket they would keep it off my record. I paid it. They posted it to my record anyway. Because I went to my legislator?