Golden Meadow, Louisiana Speed Traps
March 20, 2021. 4 lane divided road, officer was in the median waiting, midday, light to no traffic, ticketed for “going 60 mph in a 50 mph zone” that had just previously been 65mph. The speed limit goes down at the end of a busier section where you would expect it rather to increase. Thankfully we did have our registration and we were in the right lane or we would have been fined for that as well. $185 “donation” to the Golden Meadows PD.
Okay, so obviously a small town with no money, so the police department is employed for extortion from out of towners.
I reduced speed to 55 in a 65 to 50 speed reduction, and about 20 yards ahead of the 50 sign, this extortionist flicked on the lights and pulled me over. He told me I was speeding and “swerving” (I dont know what that means) and wrote me a ticket (with 61 mph for good measure). I am a careful man, in my 40 years, I never got a ticket. And this job in this place cost me 350+17.5 service fee (“service” fee!).
They were able to successfully extort money from me and I don’t know what they did with it, probably threw into their dark basement full of dirty money.
Whenever you enter this place, always put to 49 and drive. After a while, it goes down to 45 from 50, then drive at 42.
When you see the speed limit sign that indicates 50, after going 65, the normal driver releases the gas pedal and coasts down to the new speed. However, in Golden Meadow, if you are driving a car with out of state plates, like I was in a rental with Florida plates, you are immediately pulled over. I was given a ticket for 57 in a 50. After the ticket, the cop followed me for another 25 miles, and incredibly, we were both passed by a pickup truck going about 10 mph faster, but with Louisiana plates, and the cop did NOT pull him over, but just stayed behind me.
WELL, back in April I was passing through on a Sunday relaxed thinking about my fishing trip I was about to enjoy. I was following another car through this small no-horse town and out of nowhere I have a cop on my number so fast I could not see the hood of his cute little SUV. He must have been hiding behind the speed limit sign and nailed me for 59 mph in a 50. In the other 49 states this would probably be a warning and good luck but this officer, I hope you never meet him because he has no personality and probably the rudest inconsiderate officer I’ve ever met. He had the audacity to also scratch a ticket for following too close, yet didn’t stop the “Louisiana” state driver I was following…..this was interesting as I was ticketed for “Speeding” ……No way to talk to the judge, no way to work out the tickets for reduction unless you pay additional fee to go to court. If you win the case you get your “fee” back but if you are unlucky as I was and probably you will get a second ticket (one that’s tougher to beat) with this being said, if you don’t win both (all charges) you still pay the fee. This is how they get you! The officer never told me what I did, never gave “clear” instructions on what to do, just said read the back lol. Word on the street the local attorneys are all related or in the click with the judges and officials and recommend not wasting time on representation. I got a kick reading some of the other stories from this decayed town and figured my $300 ticket wasn’t so bad after all. It’s obvious this no horse town can do what they want within there boundaries and if you have an out of state tag expect to get stopped for something. Could be 1-3 mph over/under the speed limit or it Could be bird droppings on your windshield obstructing your view but be prepared to get a ticket you can’t fight for some reason or more! They do have a payment plan so I made them wait 3 months before getting all my money…..rather them spread the rations out over the 3 months than hitting the Buffet right away! This is my story and it’s the TRUTH!
I was driving from Walker, LA to Grand Isle, LA for a weekend getaway. This was my first time traveling to Grand Isle and coming through Golden Meadow around 12:30 AM i was cruising 75 mph in a 45 mph and got pulled over that was completely understandable, I was driving too fast, but I also wasnt very familiar with the area! Officer was not very polite as I had to wait 20 to 30 minutes for him to write me 8 tickets, but theres a problem! I understand the speeding, expired inspection sticker, illegal Modified exhaust, and the license plate being placed on my back window instead of on my bumper, but what i dont understand and will not understand is the no fender flares cause my tires stick out 2 inches, the one crack in the windshield, the driving in the left lane and the mind blowing dirty side mirror!!! Like are you kidding me ?? A dirty side mirror that you, me, the officer, and Ray Charles could see perfectly through! Absolutely the most ridiculous citations and unpleasant officer Ive ever dealt with! Didnt even give me the chance to apologize or the common courtesy of a warning for the small and simple things especially with not being from the area and traveling through the area for my first time! Great way to make a first impression! Something should definitely be done about this! I guess some people were never taught how to be polite or courteous to others! Something should be done about the lack of respect for people and teach the officers how to respect people traveling though the area.