State Highway 85 near Buckeye, Gila Bend, Ajo

Gila Bend, ArizonaMar 04, 20040 Comments

There are many traps from Buckeye to Ajo and down to Mexico on this state route, mostly because of the location. You’ll encouter DPS cars passing through traffic in regular and low-profile cars all the time. When you get to Gila Bend you’re going to probably meet the newer undercover vehicles. There’s a slick red Mustang with all the aftermarket fittings just waiting for you to try to speed. There’s also a big green suburban and a dark green pickup truck. You’ll never notice them until they light you up in your rear view mirrors.

On your way to Ajo from Gila Bend you’re going to see Border Patrol, DPS and Pima County Sherrif’s deputies all over the place. The ones you have to look out for are the deputies, they are pull-over happy. When you get into Ajo, unless they know your car (small town) you might as well do the speed limit — it’s the Barney Fife syndrome. Just with the deputies you’re going to be greeted by rookie cops 24/7 who are just itching to test out their speeding detectors.

And you’re not going to be alone with just the deputies, either. In Ajo they have the most-advanced ways to get you available and more law enforcement than you’d care to know. There are the deputies, DPS (even a local one), Border Patrol, US Customs, indian reservation police and a slew of pretty much every other federal and state branch imaginable. The worst part of it all is that they can all pull you over for speeding but usually they call the rookie deputies’ dispatch to let them know the make and model of your car. The only way to speed in Ajo is if you just happen to live here.

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