Blacksburg, Virginia Speed Traps
I’ve got a few:
1. Easy to spot, but you’re risking a ticket from a State Trooper on 460 between Christiansburg and Blacksburg on the straight-way just before the first Tech exit or before the first Christiansburg exit. You’ve got options for running if you’re headed towards Blacksburg because the exit throws you onto mainstreet or in the industrial park (trust me, I’ve had to do it many times, but be careful)
2. Merimac Road occasionally has checkpoints and speed traps near the church close to the huckleberry trail.
3. Toms Creek Road in the residential area just after you cross the bridge over 460. Speeding almost anywhere on this part of Toms Creek will get you a ticket, sometimes even for only 5 over.
4. Prices Fork Road heading away from town just after you pass Heather Drive, as you reach the top of the hill SUV cops are sitting on the grass or parked on the trail parallel to the road. Also watch for the firestation and Kipps Elem. School grass during the school year, if you get caught there then goodluck running from a police Dodge Charger. Also watch out for the decline of Prices Fork as you pass BHS/BMS.
5. Prices Fork Road across from Cox Driving Range. At night you can almost always count on a police cruiser being in the gravel parking lot connecting to Merimac.
6. 460 after the Christiansburg exits as you’re approaching Falling Branch Elementary and I-81 on-ramps; the speed limit bumps down to 55 and then to 35. You can count on an officer being below the 81 over-pass bridges every single day, especially during average commuting hours.
7. Main Street between Blacksburg and Christiansburg once the speed limit hits 45, do not exceed 50. This whole area is a wide open speed trap and has been for years, endless places for officers to get a good read on your speed for almost any direction.
8. Tech Campus: in many cases, regardless of being a student or not, Tech Campus violations will be worse than Blacksburg Town violations. The duck pond, specifically, has three very discreet speed traps. A) The overflow parking lot with many of the Engineering dept. vehicles parked in it, they’ll hide back in those cluster of vehicles. B) The straight road connecting Duckpond Road to the Smithfield Plantation; it’s very dark at night and has a straight view to Duckpond Road just as you’re declining, coasting, and gaining speed. and C) The other side of the duckpond from the previous two locations, closer to the drillfield and the new parking garage. Officers will sit on the duckpond grass, hidden by trees, with a clear view of the road as it declines in both directions.
8. Downtown, Wells-Fargo Bank’s ATM Drive through typically has anywhere from one to four police cars parked in that area on any given night. Mostly looking for DUIs and Drunk In Public but don’t be surprised if they have nothing better to do than to catch you for speeding through downtown.
This is where the speed limit changes fast. The highway is 60 mph (I think) and when you take the exit, you will have to slow down to 35 mph. A lot of people get ticketed there because of the long trip from route 81. Cops usually sit across from the gas station and behind the tree line on the hill next to local garage shop. But truth is that, they are everywhere along the South Main Street.
Sits at M&M Tire, usually late at night, or occasionally a couple hundred yards down the road directly across from Prices Fork Elementary.
Deputy sits at westbound side of 460 at bottom of mountain. Catches drivers speeders traveling westbound down the mountian headed towards Blacksburg.
There is a steep hill not far off the exit ramp for Virginia Tech when you round that first turn for Route 460. You go over an overpass and then aproach the large straight declining hill on 460. Police like to sit off to the shoulder of the hill right after you break the crest of it (Usually at night). Ive received a reckless ticket here before. Keep your speed down (the speed limit is 65mph I believe) and if you happen to pass a cop on the hill, the only exit for awhile is at the top of the other side.