Lake Charles, Louisiana Speed Traps
Holly Hill runs North/South between Lake Street and Prien Lake Road. Local police tend to hide on a side street next to the church aiming their radar south at north-bound traffic. This is a common bypass road to miss morning and evening rush hour traffic on Nelson Rd. for people going to/from Prien Lake Road. Speed limit is an unusually low 35 mph (where comparable roads in the immediate area are 40-45mph) and traffic is usually light. Lots of little side roads to hide out in but typically they hide by the church and catch northbound traffic.
Holly Hill runs North/South between Sale Road and Prien Lake Road. Local police tend to hide on a side street next to the church aiming their radar south at north-bound traffic. This is a common bypass road to miss morning and evening rush hour traffic on Nelson Rd. for people going to/from Prien Lake Road. Speed limit is an unusually low 35 mph (where comparable roads in the immediate area are 40-45mph) and traffic is usually light. Lots of little side roads to hide out in but typically they hide by the church and catch northbound traffic.
Ryan St. north of where Sallier St. (the railroad tracks) cross to South Ryan St./7th Street crossing. Most of Ryan St. south of this point is 40-45mph 4-lane. Around Sallier St. it goes to 35mph and 3-lane (2 northbound, 1 southbound) and will drop even lower as you continue north of South Ryan/7th street (same street, just changes names from one side of Ryan to the other). This is a huge drop in the distance of about a block with no obvious reason for it. Police typically will hide in the shade under one of the large trees at or near the old church parking lot (which is now a restaurant) on the East side of the road. Difficult to spot on sunny days due to the tree and shade hiding their outline so well. I have been alerted to both laser and radar at this location, but laser was only once and may have been an evaluation unit as they were also using radar 100 yards north of that location (I have never had another laser hit in Lake Charles).
The newly expanded 4-lane with turn lane between I-210 and Sale Rd. Police tend to hide on the eastern side of the road at any of a number of spots obscured by brush. Typically catching northbound traffic as they are active during rush hour and southbound traffic often gets backed up and there’s no way to do the speed limit. Speed limit is still set at the old 35mph speed from when it was a residential two-lane, but isn’t appropriate for a brand new 5-lane meant to be a major traffic through route for north/south traffic. This is one of the most heavily radar-monitored roads in the city as it’s easy pickings.
To my knowledge, this is the heaviest radar enforcement area in Southwest Louisiana, and for no reason. I pick up police here using radar about 1/3 of the time I pass by. This trap is located just north of the I-210 bridge over Prien Lake as people coast down a long, straight strip of Interstate and cross back onto land. Speed limit is 60 mph as is all of the I-210 loop. A car put in neutral at the top of the bridge at or below the speed limit, however, can easily do 70-80 mph by the time it reaches the bottom of the bridge. Police hide in the median on the crossover emergency vehicle road behind the decorative tall grass in the same median. They target westbound traffic (which is actually traveling north at this point on the road). They are completely exposed to eastbound traffic, but almost impossible to spot going westbound unless you are looking carefully or have a radar detector to warn you. A good radar detector will alert you either when you crest the top of the bridge (about 1/2 mile before you reach the trap) or on your way down the other side.