Ritzville, Washington Speed Traps
Note: Ritzville’s major source of revenue is Speed Trap Money (according to their own court prosecutor). They run several totally unmarked cars including a Volvo station wagon. A smart motorist would set their cruise control at least 5 mph under the limit and stay in the right lane. The Volvo (or other unmarked unit) will try to start to push drivers faster by tailgating.
Don’t fall for it. If you do get a ticket, absolutely talk to the prosecuting attorney, Ticket fees ARE negotiable!
Ritzville is "Police Pirates".
Extortion is their game.
There are hills in this area. There are little turnarounds for emergency vehicles. They sit in there where you can’t see them. When I went to court for mine there were 9 other people in there for the same location. It’s not a big town so I think 9 in one place in a short period of time is speed trap..
U-Turns for Authorized Vehicles Only are put in all along the freeway E and W of Ritzville for aggressive enforcement of speeds. They have the U-Turn spots almost hidden from view but are posted with small signs. Watch for those. They also use rest stop ramps and intersecting freeway ramps, then sit back out of view. These actions are due to a heavy accident rate in the past. Very aggressive enforcement for 25-30 miles each way. Have a safe trip..
Was lost looking for a Starbucks at about 7:00, went for the second loop around downtown after receiving directions….and I went 35. Speed limit is 25 MPH downtown! $450 ticket! Was able to contest fine, got it lowered to $250. Paid extra to have it Not put on my record for a year. Watch out when driving around in town. This was a County cop, not a city or State.
We just got home from a vacation trip to the Pacific Northwest and this area on I-90 had the most aggressive speed enforcement we saw in 5,000 miles of driving. Troopers were all over, mostly in unmarked SUV’s. We set cruise control right on 70 mph. Another vehicle with out of state plates passed us going about 10 over and was pulled over by the cops in short order. Advise setting your cruise control throughout Washington state, as it has some of the strictest enforcement of any state west of the Mississippi. We did, and had a nice ticket-free vacation.