Monticello, Utah Speed Traps
This trap was about 250 north and main?
We travel alot and I haven’t been pulled over for speeding in 5+ years.
I was just heading back home from Memphis (14 day road trip).
I am aware of speed-trap towns. When I saw speed limit of 30 mph, on a the 4-lane main street, I was pretty sure it must be one of them.
So I was being extra careful.
We had just stopped for gas and just pulled back onto Main street from center street.
I had only gone a couple of blocks and pulled into the center lane, to turn left into a business.
As I did, I noticed a cop on the side of the road. I couldn’t even see him until I pulled into the center lane to turn and I doubt I was even able to reach 25 mph in those 2 blocks.
But he flipped on his lights from the side of the road ahead of me.
I did not know they were meant for me (how could they be since he could even see me until i was rolling to a stop in the center lane?).
In either case, after I turned, he pulled up behind me and said I had been going “45 in a 30”.
I do not see how that was possible.
I had no reason to accelerate since I was turning left so quickly.
I was absolutely dumb-struck when he ignored my statements and gave me a ticket.
About the only thing he said was “I reduced it to 5 over” and “you can pay it online”.
That night, we happened to talk to someone who had served bail bonds in the area and they talked at length about the lack of standards and decency of the cops and judge on that town. She also said they constantly arrest people at the slightest provocation (like made up tickets). And if it happens on the weekend, you can post bail but you can’t get your vehicle back until Monday.
I asked if it was worth fighting the ticket and she said, since the judge had no standards either, it was best to just pay it and not return to the town.
Unfortunately, I have to travel through Monticello a lot and Blanding is just as bad. I know better than to speed and do 5 MPH under before through and after the town. Despite that, they will pull you over for any excuse they can make up to pull you over and harass you. Never ever stop in Monticello or Blanding. Long story short, |I have been pulled over there twice for a burnt-out license plate light. They use the situation to interrogate driver aggressively to do their best to escalate the encounter. Whatever happens speak as little as possible and be polite. Both times I checked immediately after and I in fact did not have a burnt-out light. Watch more than just speed driving through there, they will pull you over for the slightest issue and even make up an excuse if you have out of state plates.
The entire city of Monticello is a speed trap as another person wrote. But then as you leave town toward Colorado on the 491 all the way. All the truckers know this, making it increasingly frustrating because you get stuck behind one going under speed.
Monticello is a pretty little town of less than 2000 people. Driving through I witnessed three police cruisers having stopped cars within a mile of each other. I must say that they were all beautiful new white 4WD SUVs, the best money can buy. Don’t contribute to the next one…avoid this town or slow it down.
South end of town you go down a small hill then up another hill before you’re out of town. You feel like you’re out of town when you start down the hill. The town cop lights you up right at the bottom of the hill as you start to speed up. You are only about 100 yards from being out of town. I will never stop for gas, stay or eat there again. The town might think they generating revenue but its at a cost to the business owners of Monticello.