Grand Coteau, Louisiana Speed Traps
Especially heading out of town toward Arnaudville, the Grand Coteau police will park up under an abandoned house’ garage or behind a fence. The speed limit signs leaving town are placed very close to each other, from a 45 mph, then suddenly 55 on the opposite side of the road and then a yellow 45 mph curve sign. Its hard to decide exactly what is legal.
The Grand Coteau PD routinely monitors the North and Southbound lane at the I-49 overpass AND the Hwy 182 underpass. They seem to prefer to post themselves on the downhill side of the southbound lane of the I-49 overpass. You will usually find them patrolling there in the mornings then find them patrolling the northbound I-49 at the Hwy 182 underpass in the afternoons. To throw people off, they will post an officer on I-49 for a few hours at a time, alternating between the I-49 overpass and the Hwy 182 underpass. And to screw up anyone who passes there often, they will "disappear" for a few days. I don’t know if this is intentional or it coincides with the work schedule of the officers but I take no chances. When going southbound, I go slow down to 70 before I can see the overpass (every once in a blue moon GCPD will pop-up there) and won’t speed up until I go under the Hwy 182 underpass. Going North, I slow down to 70 before I see the Grand Coteau City Limits sign and won’t speed up until I clear the peak of the I-49 overpass.
Police positons on the south side of the I-49 overpass at exit 11. Radar is aimed north. It is impossible to see the patrol car until you are within 100 feet of the radar unit.
When heading North or South or I-49 a speed trap is often located just before or just after the Grand Coteau-Sunset exit.
Watch for these cats as you are heading North on I-49, just before you get to the Sunset/Grand Coteau exit, they are hiding on the right, kind of set back a little on the backside of the Hwy 182 overpass.