Cottageville, South Carolina Speed Traps
Speed limit changes quickly so attempting to slow down an officer sits waited for drivers enter the town and have not slowed quickly enough. Officer informed me I was going 47 in a 35 mile zone. Unjust $200.00 fine . I will go out of my way to avoid driving through this town in the future.
Not just a speed trap. So there are plenty of posts about the speed trap through Cottageville. I have lived on the other side of town for a few years now and travel every day to and from work through the town. So again, I am well aware of the speed traps and where the officers sit. Well, they found another way to ticket individuals…. At the end of town (where 2 lanes turn back into 1) there are three distinct signs one after another: lane ends merge left, another merge sign, and a do not pass sign. After the do not pass sign, there is a dotted white line between the two lanes until the lanes run together. I was driving in the right lane with 4 to 5 vehicles in the left lane (behind me) I merged over before the lanes completely turned into one (or i would have ended up in a ditch) and the police officer pulled me over almost a mile up the road for apparently “passing” after the do not pass sign. I asked him what I should have done in that situation as not to cause an accident with anyone that may have been behind me and he didn’t reply but kindly gave me a $200 ticket (not for speeding but failure to obey posted traffic sign) with no points. You bet your bottom I will be fighting this in court with a jury trial (as my peers should be able to clearly see the ridiculous nature of this ticket) and also as recommended by a friend that is also a police officer. This friend of mine in a neighboring jurisdiction also agrees that is a speed trap and that the officer(s) in that town abuse their power. Not to mention I have personally witnessed officers driving at unsafe speeds through the town almost causing accidents themselves.
Officer stopped me while accelerating to 55 while entering 55 mph zone told me I was going 62 in a 45 mph zone nowhere did I see this dinky little towns officer in line of sight behind me. This town apparently has a bad reputation for being a revenue speedtrap.
Heading down Hwy 17 toward Cottageville a week ago Monday during the early morning I was stopped apparently doing 51 in a 35 mph zone. I’m not much on speeding, was really taken back when the Chief of Police stopped me. Got “reduced” tickets, 1 for speeding, the other for apparently crossing a double line ~~~ which I don’t know what he was talking about because there wasn’t anyone else around to pass!!! He told me the tickets were $1000 with 10 points, he was doing me a favor by reducing them to $450.00; no points! Hey, what a guy!!! Definitely a speed trap! The following morning, while driving through that area I was extremely cautious; left later so it was daylight! Yes, I saw what they were doing. Apparently, it goes from 50 to 35 before entering the city. The sign is set far off on the Right side of the road…. you wouldn’t see it unless you were looking for it over there! There is a wire fence on the right with vines growing all over it; the police sit right behind that fence in a parking lot, facing the same direction you are! There is absolutely no way you are going to see them. Funny thing, both coming & going both days, the police had someone pulled over in the very same place (one of those people, of course, was me)! In addition, I have been trying to pay the ticket on-line for now 10 days. That service is not working. Apparently, they have not entered the ticket yet. I have called the town administration; tried contacting the Policy Department and neither answer the phone! Ridiculous!