Butte, Montana Speed Traps
Officers park along the street and usually by the only stop sign on that street which is a 4 way stop. The street is regulated to 25 miles per hour. The target victims seem to be the young drivers who just get out of school, but this is a busy commercial street in Butte which includes the Post Office, banks, and multiple other businesses.
Montana Highway Patrol is working pairs along this highway. One works moving radar while another is down the road a ways sitting on the side of the highway.
This is a new one as of April, 2010. The speed limit just changed from 75 to 65, but no one is aware of this. The cops sit between the eastbound-westbound lanes near the truck weigh station between the uptown Butte & Rocker exits. They like to prey upon westbound drivers, because the center of the road cannot be seen when you come up the hill out of Butte. Watch this whole stretch through Butte, however, because of the recent speed limit change.
Going up the hill, the grade increases as the city center comes into view. Just at that point the limit changes from 35 to 25. Reasonable, yes, from a traffic control point of view, but most people instinctively resist decelerating on the upgrade, and many tourists get it right there.
Going down the same hill, there is a sudden drop at about Galena Street.
That’s where the radar is, in the free fall area.
Counting the 50$ fine and the three year insurance penalty, my last
30/25 going up cost me $650.
All along Continental Drive.