Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Speed Traps
Myrtle Beach City Cops sit in the back part of the old Kmart parking lot on N Oak St. during light and quiet traffic times and ticket motorists going even slightly above the 35 MPH speed limit. The street is 4 lanes and mid-day is often w/o many vehicles so drivers often forget the limit and go above 35. The Myrtle Beach City Cops don’t care if it’s no harm no foul, they are raising revenue you will get at least a $78 fine and 2 points even slightly over 35 up to 10 MPH over. As a local I’ve seen the City of Myrtle Beach Police make most of the city a speed trap; be very mindful within city limits.
After you pass Grand Coastal Mall on Hwy 17 Bypass, the speed limit changes without warning from 55 to 45. As your descending the parkway to the traffic light, beware as the MB City police are lined up waiting on the side of the road. Even the motorcycle police! One officer has the radar gun and literally motions to the police cars to “go get’em”!
Our ticket was on a Sunday morning before 10 AM with very light to no traffic. We kept up with the speed of traffic of the cars around us. Shortly after the police pulled us over, the next police car pulled over a motorist and the next one. Literally five (5) cars pulled over in minutes!!
As every comment on this site has so correctly stated, there is definitely a speed trap set in this little town, which was obviously designed to raise revenue for the town. I will be calling the judge to fight this ticket, but as it appears from the previous comments it doesn’t look like I’ll have much success at this time.
There’s always a cop parked way off the road and seems like they are hiding if you are going towards Dick Pond Road/544 on Socastee Blvd – NEVER SPEED on Socastee Blvd, not even going 5 miles over the speed limit. They will cite you further down the road for being near a school zone increasing your ticket price. Many drivers tend to speed on Socastee Blvd so if you’re trying to ‘keep up’ with the flow of traffic and the cop just so happens to pick you out of the sixty or so drivers on Socastee Blvd, you will definitely get a ticket.
Unmarked police vehicle sits out of sight and springs on any vehicle exceeding speed limit.I was doing 60 and received a ticket for $388.00 .Officer told me if I came to traffic court the fine would be reduced and there would be no points .Fine reduced to $180 . There were approximately 50 people in court with the ticketing officer .Everyone received a 60 or 65 MPH ticket in a 45MPH .It is truly a scam. Go onto to Turbeville web site and you will think you are looking at Mayberry RFD.