State Route Gasparilla near Ninth Street

Boca Grande, FloridaFeb 22, 20051 Comments

Speed limit drops from 35 mph to 20 mph without warning. Trees and homes along this heavily traveled road provide excellent cover for police cruisers.

The speed limit change from 35 to 20 mph (it is 45 mph to the north) is posted, but the signs are partially obscured. The good news about this speed trap (and it IS a speed trap) is that the Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies tend to issue warnings rather than tickets. The reason is simple. People don't take warnings to court. A Lee County deputy stationed in Boca Grande is looking at a round trip of nearly three hours if he has to go to court in Fort Myers, the county seat. Look for police as you approach the large pink building on the west side of Gasparilla Road. Police also use the tree-lined grassy area on the east side of the road. And yes, they are very hard to spot. NOTE: Be very polite to the deputy who stops you. They WILL risk the drive to Fort Myers if you are rude. They are not there to write tickets. They are there to quiet those residents who are incessantly screaming for cops to "crack down" on speeders, even though these same folks are the worst offenders. They want the laws enforced, just not on them.
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