Gallaway, Tennessee Speed Traps
Hwy 70 , East of Memphis
This is a rural community of ,perhaps, 500 residents. The stretch of highway has a 45mph limit , while the normal limit in the area is 55. There is one business in the 5 miles of reduced limit — otherwise an undeveloped rural area, no street lights and no traffic lights. As an indication of the emphasis on entrapping motorists as a profit center,there will be 10 officers appearing at a traffic court. That is at least 10 officers in a town of 500. Avoid the area when possible.
Here are some places to look for these guys if you’re unfortunate enough to have to drive through this hole in the wall. First place is about a quarter of a mile East of the Gallaway Market (the only store in the town). They’ll be sitting on the South Side of the Highway backed up in a little nook which makes it very difficult to see them, especially at night. The next location is at a closed down factory called Star II. The cops will be sitting at the loading dock which is located on the East end of the building and facing East. If you’re coming into Gallaway travelling Westbound, the speed limit changes from 55mph to 45mph just before you get to a restaurant named "County Line Catfish". Star II is just over that hill on the right so slow down or they’ll get you. Alot of times, the local police there will sit on the East and West end city limits. The West end city limit is 45mph, the East end city limit is 55mph. You can expect to see these guys anywhere in between these two city limit signs, which is approximately 3 miles. Most of these Officers are very young and are for the most part very nice, however, the two in Charge of the Department are corrupt and as crooked as they come. They make these young officers write tickets and discipline them if they don’t. The main guy there is a convicted felon and his right hand man has virtually no experience, other than writing tickets, but will do as he’s told regardless, which is probably why he is the right hand man. I’ve heard so many stories about these two men that it’s a miracle that they’re still in power there. Avoid Highway 70 at all costs, but if you have to, go at least 5 miles under the speed limit.
Hwy 70 East/Westbound (mile markers 1-3)
There are 4 common places for the police to hide. 1. Right at the speed limit change from/to 45/55 mph in a small gravel parking lot in front of a small building. This is the least common spot however.
2. Just east of the Amoco station between 2 small hills. There is a small dirt entrance on the south side of the highway that sits back in the trees some. They have both marked and unmarked cars and both are very hard to see, but the black Escort is nearly invisible. This spot is a very good spot for them because of the very short distance between the top of the hills on either side. Very common spot.
3. The intersection by the Amoco station, usually on the north side. Not a very common spot either.
4. Between mile markers 2 and 3, almost right at mile marker 2, there is a small brick building on the corner of Burrowtown Rd and Hwy 70 (3-way intersection, no stop sign on hwy 70). They sit on the east side of the building by the loading docks for semi-trucks. Sometimes they park out in front closer to the highway, but not often. Very common spot. The speed limit is 45, but I go through safely at 50. However, I live out here so that might make a difference! See if you can spot the 2 "speed trap" signs a couple of the local businesses have posted. One is at the 3-way intersection of Highway 70 and Burrowtown Rd. Note: Mile markers start over at county lines on state highways