Emporia, Virginia Speed Traps
Watch your speed especially on route 301 the speed limit drops from 55 to 35mph, and ones you past slagles lake road they are sitting everywhere and don’t do no more than 5 over, because they will write you a ticket for 6 mph or more over, I haven’t gotten a ticket, but I see people pulled over here everyday of the week.
the Police Cruiser sit on the right shoulder two miles east of interstate 95, as you are traveling eastbound heading out of emporia. they sit at the first hill as you come over. then again in the curve on the right shoulder. I drive this roadway everyday and someone is always pulled over. State police, local sheriffs, and town police patrol at all times. emporia is a place of poor economy, no growth and survives on traffic fines.
I have seen this trap in use regularly and often. This trap is hidden very well. So traveling westbound us 58 proceeding passing local emporia-greensville airport, then the armory. when you hit the armory. You had better break your speed down to 55, because after the us 58 business exit across the highway. The police cruiser ahead sits on eastbound side of the highway, shooting radar at your westbound lanes in a crest of the curve as your car comes around. Then the cop car crosses the opening in roadway from the shoulder of the eastbound side and puts on blue lights and comes right after violator. I travel this road between emporia and franklin. They are always there. Emporia is a major speedtrap. Do not spend your money here. Ever !!!! Go to the next town. Buy gas, food, hotels elsewhere.
I got a ticket today … the Emporia, Virginia police officer said I was doing 70 mph in a 60 mph zone … kinda’ hard when my cruise control was set at 64 mph??? Note: the officer was on the opposite side of the freeway (visible for miles away) and shooting oncoming traffic. Distance from him to my closest point of approach was approximately 65-75 feet. 5 miles down the road, he shows up, turns on the lights and I pull over. Bottomline: The officer wrote me a ticket for “defective equipment.” I then drove to the County Clerk’s office to gather some additional information (because the way the entire ticket was handled just seemed NKR – i.e., Not Kwuite Right) and the receptionist took one look at the ticket (through the window nonetheless) and laughed out-loud. I asked what was funny and she said she replied, “I see a lot of tickets written that come through here, but I have never seen a defective equipment ticket from that officer.” I asked her how she knew what officer (his name is not written on the ticket) and she then replied, “Oh – I recognized his badge number on the ticket.” Note: there are three law offices directly across the street from the County Clerk’s office in Emporia, Virginia … and every one of them welcomed my inquiry because they “all specialize in tickets and court appearances to defend tickets written in Emporia, Virginia.” So, I then drove to the Police Office and spoke with the dispatch officer and requested to speak with the on duty Precinct Commander. A few minutes later, arrived and I explained what had occurred less than an hour prior. I waived my rights, offered my keys for search of the vehicle and that a thorough inspection be performed to confirm my “defective equipment.” He looked at my truck (less than 35 feet away) and replied, “No sir, I can see that your truck is in good repair – it looks new and I am sure there is no defective equipment.” So I inquired to how his officer pulls me over for speeding, writes a ticket for defective equipment, and then allows me to travel in my defective equipment vehicle???? How is that “protecting the safety of citizens? If a vehicle is defective, then the officer should at least tell you what is defective, right? Maybe even look out for your safety? Not in Emporia, Virginia. The entire police department and city of Emporia, Virginia should be ashamed at their lack of integrity and the way they handle their local jurisdiction. i am still baffled at how the officer claims I am speeding, cannot show any proof whatsoever, then claims I have defective equipment … that he can “see” from 65-75 feet away as I am driving toward him …
After leaving I-95 where the speed limit is 70 mph and the traffic flows at an even a higher rate you move onto Hwy 58 E (a four lane divided highway) where the speed limit is now 60 mph and the Emporia VA Police are waiting for you. While issuing you the ticket, officer says if you want to go to court I will ask the Judge to either reduce and maybe even discharge the ticket. You get to court and no officer. The Judge does reduce your ticket by roughly half and then you find out that Court costs add that amount right back on so now you have wasted half a day and gas money to pay what you could have paid up front.