Gifford, South Carolina Speed Traps
I was driving south to north through this town. Saw the 45 mph sign and then the 35 mph sign. Kept my speed within 5 mph of posted limits. As I approached the north side of town, there is a hill one has to climb and also within 100 feet, one can easily see the 45 mph sign. I accelerated up the hill, past the 45 mph sign, and then continued at that speed till I saw the 55 mph sign. I was quite a bit past the 55 mph sign when I saw an unmarked silver police car with it’s lights on far in the distance behind me. I pulled over at a safe point and at that time, the officer told me I was going 47 in a 35. I told him I had seen the 45 mph sign and had begun accelerating, however, he informed me that the speed did not change till after the sign and that I was going that speed before reaching the sign. I told him I had a what is labeled as a ‘Safe Driver’ on my drivers’ license and that I had never received a speeding ticket in over 40 years of driving. I thought I was going to get a warning. No, instead I got a ticket for $128.75. Even if traveling north to south through Gifford beware. If you start down that hill and are not going 35 mph when you reach that sign, you’re setting yourself up for a ticket. Just do yourself a favor and avoid this area like the plague–include with that all of 321. At least 20 to 30 small towns within only a few miles of each other the entire length of 321 and all drop their speeds to 35 mph. I only went through this area as there was a 10 mile traffic jam on I-95 before 26 and didn’t want any part of it. I would have rather have been in that than again deal with that drive on 321–even if I hadn’t received a speeding ticket.
Speed limit drops without warning from 55 to 35. Had my cruise set on 58 then braked as I came up on the 35 mph sign. The officer was hidden behind a building right after the sign. Said I was going 63 in a 35. $440 ticket and 6 points. Would not confirm if he clocked me on radar.
Total scam operation. Town is one intersection, 1/2 mile long and this appears to be the only revenue generator there.
Speed limit drops to 45mph at the edge of town which is typical for every town along this route. However, there is apparently a 35mph speed limit sign somewhere in the middle of town. The town’s single police officer sits in an silver unmarked car in a parking lot on the north side of town. He will issue tickets for 10mph over the speed limit. Most people miss the 35mph sign. Typical small town speed trap cash machine.
had followed a tractor trailer about ten miles doing about sixty in a 55 mph zone. tractor and us slowed to within the posted speeds going into and through town. Passed officer facing us who stopped us and claimed 68 mph in middle of town. he reduced points from four to two and from about $400.00 to about $180.00. This speeding accusation is totally false as I was watching the drivers speed closely as I travel that road in my work and know these little towns and their speed traps
55 mph to 35 mph. Pay attention! My son alerted me to the police car following me. I pulled over to let him go by, he didn’t go by…