Charleston, South Carolina Speed Traps
People have been being ticketed at a truly amazing rate on this road it went from the state mandated 55 miles per hour on unposted rural roads to 25 miles per hour in the space of one day. I was ticketed doing 38 miles an hour in a 25 mph which is 13 miles an hour over the posted speed limit which was 4 point violation. That ticket was given by a charleston city police officer who had no radar; the magistrate (not a judge) said that police in sc. were trained to do this. I was given a ticket for doing 45 in 30, from a dead stop at a light, turning right, and in less than one block, in a 97 ford f 150 stick shift, supposedly accelerated to 45, my destination was 1 more block down the the road. They are all a part of a crooked system designed to separate you from your money. The county controls Half of the road. Not to mention a school right down the road is 35.
Interstate 26 southbound at Charleston will put you on state route 17 North over a very tall and very long suspension bridge–one of the longest in the US. While it is a 6 lane highway, don’t be fooled. The speed limit is 55 and police from both Mt. Pleasant and Charleston are revenue-building on the bridge. Hundreds are picked off every week, with an additional speed trap at the end of the bridge in Mt. Pleasant (it abruptly shifts to 40 MPH). The local kangaroo court judge stated, “If the police said you were doing it, you were doing it.”
They ticket you for yellow lights. No joke. It’s only a mile long, but there a cop at every light.
Heavily patrolled, never fail to see someone pulled over. Watch carefully where the limit goes from 45 to 35 when approaching Ashley Phos Rd. If you don’t see the sign because it was blocked by one of the many trucks on the road, too bad. Motorcycle cops use a portable laser in an empty dirt lot on the right just before Ashley Phos.
There are Dodge Challenger cars with what looks like white lights in the rear window but you cannot see them at night. They ride up and down I-26 and are traveling over the speed limits themselves. But if you go with the flow and pass them you might be one of the ticketed. I was pulled by one young newbie and he was so unsafe at my dark location that he is in danger of being in harm if someone was with bad intentions. I am a former cop and military and this young lad is seriously asking for a mishap. Why they picked my slow bulky truck rather than one of the smaller speedier cars is beyond me. Just watch out for new unmarked cars patrolling all the time.