Yemassee, South Carolina Speed Traps
This is a well known speed trap, they are not interested in speaking to you, the Yemassee cop was just very anxious to give me a speeding ticket. Didn’t even tell me I was speeding or asked me any questions. If you are going with the flow of traffic, you may end up getting pulled over. I have to travel this part of 17 strictly for work, now I have to deal with asking my employer to pay the ticket or resign from my job.
November 3, 2016. The last speed limit sign said 65. I was doing 65-68. Cop was sitting on the curve, ticketed me $181 for doing 71 in a 50 zone. There was no 50 mph speed limit posted. Charleston should post a billboard warning people. I will not be visiting Charleston again any time soon.
My wife and I were returning from a stay with friends in Cherry Grove SC. We decided to travel Hwy 17 S as far as we could to enjoy the scenery and avoid I-95 as much as possible. It’s a 10 hour drive back to Florida and we are both retired and were in no hurry at all. Hwy 17 is 4 lanes divided and had light traffic at the time. The speed limit varied from 55 to 65 in most places. I used GPS to monitor the speed limit. As I rounded a slight curve I observed 2 new Dodge police cars facing N. One turned on his lights and I pulled to the shoulder just south of thee cross over where they were stationed. My GPS was showing a speed limit of 60 and the Yemassee police officer advised me I was going 63 in a 50 mph zone. I pointed out the speed limit that was showing and he said that did not matter. He wrote the ticket for 13 over costing $134 and would not answer my question as to where the step down was in speed as you approach the curve. Both cars fell in behind my vehicle and each had two officers in each vehicle. Yemassee has 1009 citizens and is not view-able from highway 17. This curve at this location is obviously used as a revenue generator for the local government officials.
On the left side of the road a Cop sits under a tree. Its near the dollar store. The speed goes from 45 to 35 but the sign is hidden by a bush. He nails you at 46 MPH.
This little town makes a ton of money from milking the I-95 / Hwy 17 corridor traffic for all they can get. The State of South Carolina should do something about this speed trap as it is an embarrassment to the entire State. They have annexed the SC State roads solely for the purpose of lining their own pockets.