Lafayette, New York Speed Traps
A single trooper car is waiting just a 100 or 200 yards north of the LaFayette exit on 81N. He will be on the right side of the highway, under a big tree.
He is on duty when they don’t have a someone on the bridge over 81 just before the LaFayette exit. When they are on the bridge, they have 5 or 6 chase cars on the entrance ramp waiting to go after you when you pass by.
State Troopers will sit on the bridge that goes over 81N & 81S and will use radar or laser to catch speeders and there will usually be several Troopers sitting on the on ramp for 81N to chase down the speeders. They have gotten me once and I have seen them there several times.
Local police regularly ticket motorists who exceed the speed limit only briefly on account of the extremely hilly terrain. Rte. 20 in the region of Interstate 81 is marked with very steep hills. Signs warn motorists to use low gear when descending. The curvy, cross-road fraught route makes use of cruise control very inadvisable.
The hamlet of Lafayette has extremely aggressive police with little on their hands other than to prey on motorists who find themselves at the mercy of the steep hills which make controlling one’s speed strictly at 55 impossible. Lafayette police are notorious for going after out-of-state drivers, in particular. Lafayette uses this ruse to enhance revenues.
Drivers beware! Lafayette, NY is one of Central NY’s worst speed traps.
On I-81N, just past the truck inspection stations, the road crests a hill and begins going down; the cop sits in the median 1/3mi down the hill and relies on suprise to catch speeders.