Lubbock, Texas Speed Traps
City of Lubbock cops (usually their Tahoe units) sit hidden from view at 29th Drive or the City Water Treatment Plant, right at the Slide Road / 34th Street exit ramp from Marsha Sharp Freeway, usually during morning traffic. They use handheld radar and large units on rooftops of vehicles. As you exit off Marsha Sharp Freeway there is a 65mph speed limit sign on your left in the median after the Exit sign. However, about 600 feet after the exit merges onto the frontage road, there are 45mph signs right east of the 29th Drive corner. Again, there is NO speed limit sign at the exit or along Marsha Sharp, indicating a drop to 45mph sign, Reduce Speed warning, or anything of the sort prior to 29th Drive itself. You would have to slam on the brakes on the exit ramp, or slow way down on Marsha Sharp before taking the exit to reduce to 45mph in the distance allotted. It does not matter if you are decelerating on the exit ramp, cops just say that the exit ramp is part of the frontage road, and that the speed limit is 45mph on the frontage road. No leeway, they just eagerly hand out tickets left and right at this location. Definitely a moneymaking speed trap by the City of Lubbock Police Department. I take this exit every evening after work and have never seen a cop there after work, probably because of the heavy traffic at that time, but BEWARE taking this exit between 8am-5pm for sure when traffic is lighter. There is no doubt that this is a complete and total speed trap, purely for the purpose of generating revenue by the LPD.
The cops sit in wait in the shopping center to your right hidden within the trees. Coming off the Loop the speed drops dramatically and by the time you can drop your speed, they’ve got you. Most of them are M/C cops but I have seen several vehicles. They give you no chance to get out of it.
Motorcycle and patrol cars posted on side streets shooting laser or radar. Speed limit is 45 on this 6-lane road.
As you travel south on Milwaukee from 4th St to 34th St, the speed limit is 50 mph. When you cross 34th heading the limit drops to 45 mph and stays 45 until you pass Spur 327, then the limit is again 50 until you reach 98th St. The same holds true when heading north up Milwaukee. Watch out especially in the area near Westwind Elementary School, City View Christian Fellowship church and the Canyon West Mall. That area is heavily patrolled…the cops, either in cars or M/C’s sit next to Starbucks and work in teams. Beware of this area!!!
Police officer hides on 116th E. of Indiana, and uses a laser gun to detect speed. Freedom of information act discloses there are no required engineering studies to warrant speed limits set at 45 MPH as of August 2009. City extended speed limits when they extended city limits to include this section of roadway. Engineering studies are required by federal and state laws prior to changing any speed limits below statutory speed limits set by the state.