Canandaigua, New York Speed Traps
Mertensia is on Rte 41 (Boughton Hill Rd). Speed there is 40 mph for about a mile, between the 55 mph limit of the rest of Rte 41 to the West, and the intersection of Rte 332 to the East where the speed is also 55 mph. There are also some mystery signs which show 30mph at the neighborhood intersections. It is unclear if the signs posted on Rte 41 showing 30 mph at the intersections means to slow down from 40 to 30 at the intersections or not (or only if you turn into the neighborhood). Ontario County Sheriff cars are on that little stretch of road frequently, more than would seem likely or reasonable. They are traveling with radar or pulled off to the side. The mixed speed limit signage seems open to interpretation.
Cops set in the parking area for the trailway walking path up the street from the Moose Club every day
Beware driving south into Canandaigua on New York-332 late at night. Local police sit in side streets on the east side of main in the commercial district. They will pull you over for anything, i.e. burned out license plate bulb. They are looking for drunk drivers but will gladly hand you a speeding ticket for good measure if you are sober.
Two Traps to report here:
1) When coming into the Town of Canandaigua, on State Route 332, when you go around Infotonics, the speed limit changes from 55mph to 40mph. This is a hot spot for Troopers because the Troop E Headquarters are shortly down the road in Farmington. They will sit in the middle of the road, you will not see them until it is too late. If they don’t sit in the middle of the road, sometimes they will sit in an outlet on the right side before the Centerpointe Apartments sign.
2) The notorious hill headed towards the I-90 Thruway from the City of Canandaigua and other surrounding area is an easy place to get a ticket. There are two traps I have seen here — The first is headed towards the I-90, when you go up the hill, there is an outlet where you can’t see them, but there is nearly a Trooper there everyday, because it is not hard to go over the speed of 55mph going up the hill. They sit in the position so that they would be able to nail someone heading in either directions, and I have seen it happen.
The other trap I have seen, but not as frequently, is heading down that hill, going toward Canandaigua, I have seen troopers hide behind the trees in a private residents’ driveway and nail them there.
For other notes, watch going by Clovermeadow Lane in Farmington, it’s an outlet of 332, and sometimes Troopers hide there, because you would never see them, and it is very close to their headquarters. Also, never turn right on red coming out of Farmbrook, because it’s now illegal, and if you turn right on red, you are turning right next to the Troop E Headquarters.
North Main Street starts in the center of the City. The speed trap is on the far north section of North Main, north of Buffalo/Chapel Streets intersection, in the residential area. They sit in driveways and road ways on the right. In the summer, they often have one car working the radar, and a number of other cars pulling over the drivers. I have even seen them do this with a combination of City officers, Sheriff deputies and State troopers. It’s a wide 4 lane (parking on both sides) so doing 40 does not feel "uncomfortably" fast, and they are very strict. Used to give you 10 mph, then changed to 8. Last I read in the local paper, they were only giving 4-5 mph, less depending on the traffic flow.