Speed Traps

So it appears as if Toronto is quite the haven for speed traps. You know, when police set up shop along the side (or median) of the road and aim their radar guns at oncoming traffic.

Yeah, those things.

As a Scarborough resident, I am aware of at least one location where the police are known to do radar speed enforcement: northbound on Brimley Rd. coming over the 401. South of the bridge the limit is 60km/h, north of the bridge it is 50km/h, as it enters a residential area.

Doubtless there are more locations. But now it’s time to get to the point of this.

Many people like to claim that speed traps, or whatever you choose to call them, are cash grabs. While it is true these speed traps do generate revenue through ticketing speeders, that is not their main objective. Their main objective is to enforce the speed limit, to the benefit of the residents in the immediate vicinity of the trap.

To those who call speed traps cash grabs, I have a simple statement: Don’t speed.

Seriously, it is that simple.

Those people who think speed traps are cash grabs are those people with so little regard for anyone else that they think they can do whatever they please. They think they can speed because they always have and have never been caught. They believe they have a right to get where they are going as soon as possible, damn the consequences.

Speaking of the aforementioned speed trap on Brimley Rd., I have never been caught there. I am aware the police set up shop there, and act accordingly. To be honest, if the road did not go through a residential area, that stretch of Brimley Rd. would be a 60km/h zone. But it is what it is.

I don’t want to be ticketed. As such I don’t speed where I know the police routinely set up a speed trap. If you don’t want to be ticketed either, don’t speed.

It’s that simple.