Jamestown, South Carolina Speed Traps
At the blinking light I turned left onto 17A. I’m headed to Conway, SC. Just after turning left was a speed limit sign of 40 mph (maybe 45) so I maintained 40. Drove probably a half-mile up the road and you could see the 55 mph sign, about a quarter mile up the road. So I engaged the cruise control resume feature which was set on 56, close enough to 55, and my truck accelerated. Within about 1,000 feet of the 55 sign a County Sheriff car passed me going in the opposite direction, and the car immediately wheeled around, spun the tires and came after somebody. I knew it wasn’t me because I wasn’t speeding. By this time I had passed the 55 sign I was blue lighted and the deputy came up to my passenger side door…informed me that I was going 59 in a 40 zone. I stated I could see the 55 sign which meant I was in a 55 zone…and I was informed that the speed limit does not increase to 55 until you pass this sign. I’ve been driving for 50+ years and have never heard that explanation, had driver training courses, and safe driver courses at work, and nobody has ever mentioned this little tidbit to me. I was ticketed and was told to call the municipal court if I wanted a court time. I called and told the nice lady the details, and asked if I should come to court. She said she had sat in on many traffic cases, hearing how the judge operates, and that many people had been ticketed just like me, and that the judge never dismisses the ticket or reduces the fine. Since I live 150+ miles away there was no need for me to return to this situation. My fine was $180 but I was offered the “deal-for-the-day” of paying $237 and my ticket would be reduced to a local traffic misdemeanor with 0 points and nothing reported to my insurance company. After hearing that story I knew I had been ticketed in a speed trap, and that is all this it. I contacted the GA State Patrol, asked about the legal side of this, and was told the rule is just as it was explained to me, but that in GA if you are within 1,500 feet of a changing speed limit you are permitted to accelerate with no worry of being ticketed. And I explained the pricing deal and the trooper said he had never heard of a town operating in that fashion, and he also described this as a speed trap. That little town, that judge, and the state of SC should be embarrassed and ashamed to allow this speed trap to exist. And as others have written, I will never go anywhere near Jamestown again and will encourage others to do the same. Their economy will not benefit from me ever again. In GA a county cannot have more than 30%*/- of their operating funds come from traffic fines…if higher it is classified as a speed trap. If that happens the state steps in and eliminates that embarrassment. SC is a great state and they should step in here.
6/09/2017 it happened. I was doing the posted speed at the bridge of 55. right down from the bridge is a speed zone of 40 so the cop said after he pulled me over telling me I was doing 56 in a 40. I got a ticket for $180. I was PISSED … i did NOT see any signs … got to my dads in summerville told him the next morning we were going to look for it. Sure enough the zone was covered by trees, the second sign a few hundred feet away I did not see because I was paying attention to the big van headed toward me in the opposite lane. I extended my stay at my dads til Monday to go to the municipal building. The clerk tells me I have to come back on my court day July 5th. I show her the photos of the covered sign and was told she doesn’t know who is responsible for the up keep.. so in the mean time more people are getting tickets. I have photos of it .. and a video my passenger was filming of the van coming in my direction. So bottom line I can pay $237 to have 0 points, $187 and have 4 points or I can pay $87 and 2 points … which is really odd .. but I had the clerk write that on my ticket and make a photo copy of it. Honestly I think it should be dismissed .. the cop was not very nice either. Apparently the forestry is responsible for the tree covering the STATE MANDATED speed zone …. BS .. NEVER will I EVER go to Myrtle Beach again through that town .. first time through Jamestown and LAST time through Jamestown.
Coming into town the speed limit drops from 55 to 40. There is only 1 posted speed limit sign prior to the light at the intersection. I was pulled over after coming to a stop at the intersection and making a right to stay on 17a. If you slow down to make that turn (let alone stop like I did), you will be well under 40. I Got cited for 60 in a 40. After turning right to stay on 17a there are two posted signs for 40MPH, before going back up to 55mph. It seems they just add their PO Box to the citation and expect you to pay (no mention of showing up in court – just how to send payment).
There seems to be plenty of evidence posted now of almost the exact same situation that is common here. If you miss that posted 40 you are guaranteed to get a ticket here. It doesn’t matter if you slow down due to the light (which should still be the intended purpose), you are technically breaking the law.
was told by officer I was going 59 in a 40. I had just come into town and did not see any speed limit signs ( must have been hidden behind something which is usually the case in this state.) I was slowing down to turn the corner when he got me ! I told him I had not “intended” to speed … but he didn’t care, and I didn’t know you could ask to see his RADAR. This must be how the GOOD OLE BOYS in Jamestown raise funds !
The cop was sitting in an unmarked car. Said I was going 56 in a 40, but wasn’t. I was slowing down to turn off at intersection. Charged me 185 dollars, but no points. I will avoid this town in the future.