Sumter, South Carolina Speed Traps
State and County Law Enforcement travel north and south routinely everyday from the corner of Layfette and Main Street to the Clarendon County line and sometimes beyond.
There are normally 2-marked Crown Vic’s facing opposing ways. The back gate to swan lake is in the bend of West Oakland Between Jasmine St. and Briarwood Dr. Coming from Pinewood Rd. direction slow down before the bridge, as they will be sitting in the next bend to the right. Coming from Guignard Dr. slow down at the baseball fields.
Beware of the Sumter Police Dept Traffic Division! Broad St between Wilson Hall Rd. and Carter Rd. High enforcement activity with semi marked crown vics(2 of them,lots of hidden lights-one has tinted windows),semi marked white camaro,unmarked black camaro, and two harley roadking motorcycles. If you do 13mph over the 45mph zone. You Will get stopped. Also Beware on Carter Rd between Wilson Hall Rd and Broad St. These cars hide in an open field shaded by trees and wait for the speeders using this road(40mph zone)as a race track trying to avoid Broad st. There are no such things as ticket quotas, but if you speed you will be paying the city a nice fine.
The section of Guinyard goes from 40 to 35 (I think) somewhere close to here. Anyway, the city police are always hanging out either with radar or in paired marked vehicles in the far end of Westmark Plaza (in front of where the movie theater used to be) facing Guinyard.
The City of Sumter Police Dept. has a traffic unit that uses semi-marked Ford Crown Vics (markings on the body, but no lights on the roof; instead they’re in the front and rear windows). The PD never used speed enforcement on this part of the road five years ago, but the city has acquired certain annexed parcels of land and other businesses along Broad Street Ext. (Hwy. 76/378), just west of what used to be the city limits. BEWARE of patrol cruisers sitting in vacant lots next to the road or in car or manufactured housing dealerships next to the road, all along Broad St. Ext. from Wilson Hall Road down to Stamey Livestock Road and further down to Carter Road if heading west, away from Sumter. They do have quotas and are attempting to generate quite a cash flow.