Little River, South Carolina Speed Traps
SC Highway Patrol hide near the bread shop and wait for unsuspecting motorists. Speed limit through most of this area is 45 with exception of 35 in school zone during designated hours.
Center of Little River, from about 1 mi from NC line, down Hwy 17 through the center of town. Mainly during early AM commuting hours. State Troopers (usually 2) either patrol or park along median, pulling over both N & S bound travelers. Mostly look for drivers without seat belts on, but also give speeding tickets, pulling motorists over 1 right after another.
Hot spot for mostly troopers. wide open 4 lane that Hwy 31 dumps off onto and the intersection of Sea Mountain Hwy and Hwy 9 going to Hwy 17. usually 2 troopers marked and 1 unmarked
As you travel north on HWY 17 just at the north end of NMB, speed limit is 45mph until you cross the ICW. It then goes to 50mph. When you exit off to travel on HWY 9 east, the speed limit drops suddenly to 40mph with for no apparent reason (same type of highway, same traffic loads, etc.). There is only one sign indicating this new speed zone – and the zone only lasts for about a half mile or so. Both the SC Highway Patrol as well as the Horry County Police are taking the opportunty to catch unsuspecting travelers surpassing the 40mph limit. While the 40mph limit "may" be reasonable through this area, there really needs to be additional signage indicating the "Reduced Speed Ahead". Please join me in calling the SCDOT at this number: 843-661-4710 to report the need for either more signage in this area to indicate the lower limit … or for a request to research why the speed limit is 40mph. For the record, I do not make it a habit of speeding nor have I been pulled. I have just noticed aggresive patrolling of this area and in my view the lack of appropriate signage seems to point to more of a speed trap rather than a genuine concern for public saftey.
Parked officer car on edge of empty field, cannot be seen until one comes around a bend. Consistent pullovers and fines.