Charles City, Virginia Speed Traps
The bridge crossing the Chickahominy River is a tall bridge requiring an increase in speed to maintain acceleration. If you are not careful, it is easy to increase too much and as soon as you cross the “top”, you hit the radar of the officer sitting at the bottom of the bridge on the other side. It must be a known issue as they seem to be there often.
Similar to Route 5, Route 155 has a 45 MPH limit, even where there is no development. The signs do exist, but they are the smaller variety that you might see in your neighborhood. Deputies appear to patrol this on a back-and-forth routine.
When traveling east-bound on Va. Route 5, approaching the historic plantations, there is a single 45 mph speed limit sign. After passing the plantations, there is no further speed limit signs for miles. One assumes the 45 mph zone is finished, as passed the plantations it turns back into a country road similar to the rest of route 5 which has a speed limit of 55 mph. This is to deceive you. Many Charles City County sheriff vehicles are placed on route 5 to take advantage of this deception, and they will clock you going well over the 45 mph speed limit, usually 15-25 over. Route 5 is a Charles City County revenue-maker, and they take unfair advantage of travelers who drive on the road as if it was any other rural road in Va., a 55 mph-zoned road.
Charles City is not a city or town, it is a region west of Williamsburg, bisected by Hwy.5
They use unmarked vehicles including a pick-up truck.