Laughlin, Nevada Speed Traps
You can take I-40 one exit past River Road and take the J street exit and follow the signs to the Hwy 95 to Bullhead City to avoid all of Laughlin’s speed traps. You can also go two exits past River Road to Broadway and turn left to eliminate the longer route through Needles to get into Arizona. You can then turn on Hwy 163 to go over the Riverside Bridge to casino row. The road is the improved 4 lane Hwy 95 and well maintained, Speed limits are higher, gas is a dollar cheaper in Arizona, and you will avoid most of Laughlin’s ticket traps.
Coming off the winding roads of Needles Hwy (where the speed limit is 55 for about 40 min.), heading north into the casino strip of Laughlin (where the speed limit suddenly drops to 35), there’s one of Laughlin’s finest waiting – in the dark and at the bottom of a hill – for out of towners to issue the city’s tax for visiting. Good luck fighting the ticket – you have to contest it in person, but you’ll have to wait two weeks for Laughlin Justice Court to receive and process the ticket. It’s such an obvious and blatant speed trap, it hardly seems legal.
All speed limits were raised due to these complaints. Speeds from Calif state line to Casino Dr on Needles Hwy are now 55mph. Needles Hwy thru the residential/commercial zone is 45mph. From Woodbury on, Needles Hwy is again 55mph. Casino Drive’s south end is still 35mph due to soft sand shoulders and relatively narrow right-of-way. Local patrols still work Hwy 163 to Vegas and the 35mph zone on South Casino Dr.
Turning off to El mirage Way ( which turns into James A. Bilbray Pkwy) becomes a 25 MPH area and is patrolled by officers hidden in depressions and curves both day and night.
Highway 163 leaving Lauglin saw 2 "revenue collections officers" have 2 customers pulled over a mile apart. This stretch was going up hill.