Marion, South Carolina Speed Traps
On 501 bypass from 41 to Penderboro Road, Unmarked Mustang from the city of Marion, they hide in a field near hwy 41 or at the other end by the electric company. The use glasses to pick out out-of-state cars. He writes anywhere from 100 to 150 tickets a week. This is not city limits, I was told they have a deal with the sheriff dept to write tickets there. This is a speed trap if there ever was one, This is a main road to Myrtle Beach.
As you come into Marion from the west the speed limit goes from 55 to 45 to 35. Just as it goes to 35 the road curves slightly to the right. The city radar cop sits on the left, which is out of your line of sight until you make the curve, then he’s got ya.
Since economic development in Marion county is difficult I suspect that traffic (speeding) fines make up a substantial portion of this city’s income.
On South Main Street (US 501 Business), south of US 76 intersection to city limits. This area passes the police department and they are always on the prowl. Speed limit is 35 for a portion and also 25 in another. Be on the watch!
Marion is a relatively small town. It has two US highways passing through perpendicular to each other. US hwy 76 is a four lane passing through a commercial area and is posted at 35mph. It is a tourist pathway to Myrtle Beach SC. It is constantlt patrolled by unmarked cars with radar. If you go 38 you will get a ticket, no doubt about it.
Wife and I were traveling east on Rt76 towards Marion and missed the turn south on to RT576. We were followed in another car by daughter (driver), son-in-law and their 18 month old son. We drove a few blocks looking for a good place to turn around. We pulled into a small parking lot to turn around. Traffic was zipping by us pretty fast so it was a little hard to pull out. It was about 2:20pm on a Saturday. Daughter was unable to pull out right behind us
so we got a little bit ahead of her. We drove for several blocks and could see daughter comming up behind us. We went thru an intersection controlled by a traffic light.
Daughter sped up for a very short distance as the signal was changing so as not to loose us. Next thing we know is daughter is calling us to say she was stopped by a cop for speeding. She was ticketed for doing 52 in a 35. Fine is $180. None of us know where the cop was hidding. It was very obvious to us that he was looking for tourists. He could have stopped half of the cars on that road for speeding. Just in case anyone from Marion city government
reads this; you need to mark the right turn from east bound
76 to south bound 576 better. The sign is on the SE corner
of the intersection and partially obscured which means you are right on to of the sign before you see it. Finally, is it me or does $180 seem high?