Wells River, Vermont Speed Traps

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Rt. 302 & Rt. 5 junction

Wells River, VermontFeb 18, 20110 Comments

Coming into town on rt 302 to rt 5, there is a soft right on a short downhill slope that doesn’t allow you to see the stop sign until just within 10-20 feet of it. State Troopers sit in the driveway of the volunteer fire station, which makes them impossible to see when turning right onto rt. 5, because it is directly behind you. They feed like wolves all day there, and specifically target Mass, CT, & NY plates.

Route 5 North at city limits sign

Wells River, VermontFeb 18, 20110 Comments

Coming from Newbury into Wells River, right before you get to the city limits sign area being discussed here, you are doing 55 as you come around the mountain on a pretty sharp left turn. As you come out of the left from the mountain, a 40 MPH sign appears just within feet of coming out of the turn. As you descend downhill into town, you have roughly 30 feet before the 30 MPH sign is reached. Within 10-20 feet of that is the Frosty Freeze/CCX/Conway parking lot on the left where state police will park, and catch most folks who are still usually doing 40 something because of the tricky sign positions, and rapid changes of speed limit. They will also be on the right side (across the street from CCX/Conway) where they can hide alongside vehicles and trees. This trap targets mostly commercial vehicles (Tractor Trailers) that are physically unable to decrease the speed in time to remain legal as they enter town.

The most popular times for this trap, and the other listed here are M-Sat 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Mostly through late Spring, up to late Fall. Fire station trap targets "leafers/tourists". And the frosty freeze trap goes after leafer/tourist buses, RV’s, cocky local "chipper trucks", and out of state commercial.

Exit 17 off of the I-91 (Wells River) is a popular junction for year around commercial traffic crossing into NH, and high volume tourist traffic in late summer – fall. The village of 340 some odd residents is at the center of the junction, and is openly used as a trap getting either in or out of the village. During September & October there can be as many as 3 patrol vehicles at each trap, and still be "shorthanded".

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