Emporia, Virginia Speed Traps
Just adding to the long list of documented speed traps in Greensville County – Emporia, VA. Was pulled over in busy traffic on a clear Saturday morning with other cars passing me. Got the usual VA Law 14-76/A46.2-862 (reckless driving due to speed) – doing 87 in a 70. I had my cruise set on 79. I asked the young deputy sheriff “are you sure you didn’t see the guy in the black Nissan on your radar?” – he said, “no – it’s you”. He was hidden in a cut-through between north/south 95 – and he had his lights on and pulling out before I even came into view. This is a pure “let’s print money off of people that live a long way from here” scam. Called the court – $324 payable on the court date. Called one of the 9 attorneys that send me “you could go to jail” letters – they wanted $189 flat fee, plus I would have to pay the court fees – but they promised they could get it reduced to “defective equipment” which carries no points. I’ll pay the fine – I’ve got positive points on my license – haven’t had a speeding ticket in years. Emporia is running a criminal enterprise – with the sheriff, the judges, the lawyers all taking a cut.
WORK ZONE SIGN POSTED 2 MILES FROM ACTUAL WORK BEING CONDUCTED,
EMPORIA POLICE LIE ABOUT RADAR READING. THEY WORK IN CAHOOTS WITH ATTORNIES WHO SOLICIT BUSINESS VIA US POSTAL SERVICE,
The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office uses this stretch of Interstate 95 as a huge cash cow. During any time of the day, there are at least two (but as many as six) marked & unmarked sheriff’s patrol cars in this area. They use radar and lidar and there are plenty of places to hide (bushes, shoulder, etc.) while they wait for their prey to approach. State troopers also lurk in the area, but not as frequently. The “trap” area goes from just north of Emporia to just above the Stony Creek exit.
The posted limit is 70 mph, but traffic flow can easily top 80 to 85 mph. Also know that 81 mph or more in Virginia CAN be charged as reckless driving – a misdemeanor offense that requires a court appearance. Be careful out there!!
Welcome to emporia’s cash machine. This speedtrap has been enforced often. As you are traveling Eastbound highway 58 from the Brunswick/Greensville County line around 2 miles before interstate 95. At the end of town coming into emporia. The local sheriff’s and town police cruisers sit at the 45 mph zone only. This speedtrap is enforced in four sections of eastbound lanes entering emporia. Section 1 is in front of a advertising billboard. Section 2 is parked on a paved driveway. Section 3 is parked at a church driveway. Section 4 is after crossing over interstate 95 at the first hill as you come over. They heavily target Eastbound lane traffic from end to end of emporia. Someone is always pulled over.
I got pulled over by two officers in two separate police cruisers on 5/14/18 around noon. They said I was doing 57 in a 55 mph speed zone and asked to see my license and registration, and asked if I was in the military. I replied saying no and said that I was a legal assistant who worked for the Montgomery County Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney. As I said this the other officer looked in my vehicle and realized that I had three dash cameras live and recording in my car (one on the front dash cam recording the front of my car, one in rear recording behind my car, and one facing the driver seat which actually could see what my speed odometer reads). I noticed that the officer viewing into my car backed away and perhaps signaled the other officer who was talking to me to dismiss the pullover because about 2 minutes later, he gave me my stuff back and said rudely “please drive safely.” As of this incident, I have submitted everything to my bosses and we will further investigate this incident as well as many others.