Island Pond, Vermont Speed Traps
Late night, the cop sits at the main intersection (Main & Cross) awaiting foreign (Quebec) licence plates to pass. Then he follows the car north along Route 114 for more than a mile which becomes totally just countryside. The speed limit, however, remains 30 MPH! If you can manage to maintain that exasperating slow speed he will turn back at 5 Mile Square Road. I was warned about him and avoided the fine. I will never patronize any business in Island Pond.
First of all , Main Street in Island Pond does not resemble a street at all. Infact, Island Ponds Main Stret resembles a parking lot. Yes a Parking Lot ! It is at the intersection of Cross Street and parallels 105 (East Brighton Rd). It is basically a parking lot. This is a small paved area with parking spaces and there is a strip of stores and the Post Office. This strip is ONE WAY and poorly marked as such. I received two tickets on this paved strip. The first ticket was because I did not see the sign. The second was entrapment , the sheriff (he drives a blackcar) was parked in a manner as to block off the East Brighton Road exit. He waved impatiently at me to go the other way. I had no choice but to exit on the cross street side and then that dirty sheriff gave me a ticket. He verbally denied directing me away from the East Brighton Rd side. DirtyPool! A Scoundrel !
There is a stop sign and ahead of you is a dirt parking area. Sheriff waits in that parking area with his lights off. Even if you come to a complete stop, he will turn his lights on and follow you for a while. Watch your speed while he is following you. He is very tricky. If he pulls you over, keep both hands in plain sight and do not make eye contact with him. He does not like direct eye contact. I avoid this area like the plague. Locals always play up the fact that they voted out the constable they had years ago, but the new Sheriff is just as eager to write tickets. Tickets keep the taxes down for the residents. This is a small town with no industry. Your best action is to avoid this town, it has nothing for tourists except the eager Sheriff of Brighton and his ticket book.
Sheriff watches vehicles leaving the parking lot at the restaurant . He follows them as they leave. Even if you use your turn signal, the sheriff will state that you did NOT. You will get a ticket. Stay Clear of Island Pontiac..it is not visitor friendly at all. Your money is not wanted in this town. The good folks claim the previous constable was voted out and that may be true, the sheriff they have now is just as vigilant about giving tickets to out of town visitors.
ISLAND POND Police Department no longer supports its citizens with services, instead they are constantly on the lookout for travelers passing through for revenue. DO NOT SPEND MONEY FOR GAS FOOD LODGING ANYTHING IN ISLAND POND, BOYCOTT this crooked little town that will ALWAYS FIND YOU GUILTY CHARGE RIDICULOUS FEES AND FINES its not about public safety, its about revenue. Whatever happened to police departments that “protected and served”???