Bellingham, Washington Speed Traps
The school zone on Orleans St. (North St. area of Orleans …on the east side of I-5) This is a revenue trap ONLY school zone. The school it supposedly serves is located completely across the freeway from this "zone"! In 40 or so years of traveling this street, I have NEVER seen a child walking around in the area during school hours and have only seen about TWO kids – literally – two kids in that area in the summertime when school wasn’t even in session! Yet one can count on seeing motor officers there very regularly during school hours when the 20MPH speed sign is flashing. It IS a revenue trap only. There’s just no other logical reason for it to be there.
Heading northbound on I-5 into Bellingham, you’re making a mild turn to the left and going uphill a moderate distance so you naturally accelerate to compensate, the hill flattens out as your passing under the overpass (Exit #246), and sometimes tucked up on the shoulder of the on-ramp you just passed, which is obscured by trees, you see a trooper, of course a little too late…
When traveling north on Hannegan Rd. towards Bakerview Rd you are going downhill and its quite easy to exceed the 35mph limit. Bike cops are always sitting at the bottom of the hill near the intersection of Division St. and Hennegan St on sunny days. Watch out because they love this little fund raiser!
From my balcony I can see the on ramp right off Lincoln St. They are always sitting there after it gets dark. You can’t see them when you drive by on I-5 because they hid behind some bushes. They radar you after you pass them.
Heading north on I-5 before you enter built up area of Bellingham police car sits on sideroad off highway with radar gun. Speed limit is 60 in this area having been reduced from 70 when the highway splits and goes though scenic area.