Laurel, Mississippi Speed Traps
The speed limit drops from 70 to 50 just before you enter Laurel and the city of Laurel police sit in a hidden location just past the reduce speed sign and trap you before you can slow down.
On I-59 in Laurel, MS if you are nearing the infamous "S" curve that they are currently straightening out, beware! Posted speed signs begin WELL in advance on the North end of the curve, where you will most certainly find a squad car pointing a radar at you, and continue on through the curve for about 1/2 mile on the South side. If you are heading North, there is a small curve before you get to the construction and after the speed begins to drop. There is almost always a squad car sitting there with radar, especially during the day. Look out! You can’t see him upon approach. He is on the side of the hill in a little roadway just inside the little curve!
City police have two locations immediately after speed reduced locatons backed off traffic lanes running radar. These locations are just south of 16th ave exit and just north of Cook ave exit. This stretch includes one of the few 40 MPH speed limits on an Interstate highway in the United States. A real candy jar for the Laurel police.
Just north of Laurel on I-59 there are usually one or two cops there who just wait for anyone to speed. They are usually in the same spot (theres even a dirt patch underneath their car since its been there so many times) and they usually grab people at total random. I’ve passed them at 80 without getting a ticket, and passed them at 75 and got a ticket so they make no sense. But be careful, they seem to go after young people.
The speed limit through Laurel is just 50 MPH because of the multiple exits crammed into such a short space. If that wasn’t bad enough, the speed limit drops to 40 going in to the tight S-curve in the middle of Exit 95C. Heading north, cops sit in the grass on the shoulder between the left curve and the right curve, waiting for someone to do a reasonable speed, like 50, in the 40 MPH zone. City leaders in the 50’s and 60’s wanted the interstate built like this to show off downtown Laurel and to avoid building a bridge over a lake east of town. Gee, thanks.