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Most drivers have probably heard the term "speed trap" and likely haven't heard very complimentary things about them.
But what exactly is a speed trap? And more importantly perhaps, are speed traps legal?
Here's what drivers need to know:
Different Types of 'Speed Traps'
A speed trap is the general term used by motorists to describe enforcement of speeding laws that involve some element of stealth or concealment.
Although many so-called "speed traps" are perfectly legal -- such as a police car parked behind tall bushes or a roadside billboard hidden from view of approaching motorists -- other types of speed traps are of questionable legality. For example:
What Can You Do If You're Caught?
Unfortunately, if you were clocked breaking the speed limit by an officer hidden behind a tree, you will probably be unsuccessful in beating the ticket by arguing you were caught in a speed trap.
If, however, you feel that your speeding ticket was the result of an illegal speed trap, an experienced traffic ticket lawyer can help you figure out the best way to contest your ticket in court.
Editor's Note, June 21, 2016: This post was first published in June 2014. It has since been updated.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.