Scarborough, Maine Speed Traps
Local PD normally is set up in the parking lot of the thai restaurant monitoring speed on vehicles North & Southbound on US-1. Speed limit is 35mph in this area.
Many of the roads have artificially low speed limits. There is almost never any "reduced speed ahead signs" when a speed limit drops dramatically (for example, from 40mph to 25mph). Many speed limits are very inconsistent. For example, 25mph on one side of an intersection and 35mph on the other side. There are also roads with two different speed limits depending on which way you are traveling on the same road (for example, north bound traffic 25mph and southbound 35mph)! Adjacent roads with very similar conditions within the same geographic area have different speed limits. For example, you are traveling on one road at 35mph, make a right turn and the speed limit drops to 25mph. There are always numerous officers on duty with extensive equipment. They frequently set up radar or just ride around in their vehicles with radar on. They also set up mass stops where they have numerous cops clocking and giving tickets at certain intersections (five or six cars pulled over at once in an area with an artificially low speed limit). They always send their cops to court, as well, so no getting out of a ticket because the cop didn’t show. It is really out of control and borders on harassment. You should just be very, very careful in this town. I have friends who refuse to even enter the town at all unless absolutely necessary. I would avoid it if I didn’t live here.
state police will station one "observer" w/ radar/laser gun on overpass immediately preceeding Exit 42 on ramp. 3-5 state trooper vehicles will be parked and waiting on the on-ramp to swoop onto the northbound lane and apprehend identified speeders
sometimes used in conjunction w/ Cessna aircraft timing speeders from air and calling info to same location
Cruiser parks in the Parking lot of the church opposite Fogg Rd. 35MPH Speed zone.
The 50 mph speed on the plain approaching town from the north drops down to 35 mph, and the local police are there to cash in. I observed a cruiser heading northbound, out of town, doing a U-turn back towards town, then setting up next to a telephone pole on the west side of the highway 1, clocking those entering town from the south, no doubt chasing them north, then resetting for those headed into town from the south.