Speed Trap. Why?
Laura Wallace

Montgomery, AL

#1 Aug 26, 2009
My husband and I were driving through Dry Prong, LA. I had asked earlier why he was driving so slow.(I am from Mississippi) He said these little towns in LA have traps. They have sneaky little poloice that will set you up to be stopped and ticketed. He was driving on pins and needles to avoid going too fast. The limits were rediculous in the first place. Going from 55 to 35 within seconds. It was the same highway. One town would have no change and the next would have a sudden 35 MPI sign.
As hard as he was trying to comply don't you know in DRY PRONG LA, he topped a hill, saw a police car and slowed down (knee jerk) reaction when imediately there were the lights. Withing 50 to 75 feet of where the police car was sitting He had stopped. It was a joke. The OFFICER pulled up behing us, said step out the car, and worte us a ticket.
I could go forever here but it really is pretty sad this is allowed. IT IS MODERN DAY PIROTRY.
Thanks Barny Fife. Well Barny was ore likable but any way what a winner of a town. Ruined out night.

Since: Nov 09

United States

#2 Nov 23, 2009
I know what you mean. I grew up near Dry Prong and go back to visit now and then. I drive 80 and 90 all over Texas and never get stopped but it's a real challange driving in La.

United States

#3 Nov 25, 2009
I spend alot of time in Louisiana. Most of my travels are up and down US 165. As you travel through the little sleepy towns and spots in the road (McNary) for instance, the speed limit is 45...ridiculous. Others like Woodworth where the cops are always sitting an waiting most of the time, you slow to 55 way to the south of town and then travel 50 to the north of town then to 55 far to the north of town. Then the funny thing is, just before you get to the 65 sign there is a 55 sign. So if you start the accelerate to 65 between the 55 and the 65 sign which is about 100ft you can get a ticket. What all this boils down to has nothing to do with safety, it's all about revenue.You would think the state of Louisiana would step in and dictate to these local towns what the speed limit is base on safety. Jimmy carter had to intervene when little towns like ludowici and Hinesville Ga. had speed traps set up primarily for the purpose of revenue. Maybe a letter to the Governor...nah Probably wouldn't do any good.
U left 1 out

Reedy, WV

#4 Dec 7, 2009
Don't forget about Ball, LA. Once you cross the tracks by Proctor and Gamble in Pineville, heading toward Ball, be on the lookout for the Keystone Cops. The Ball police are a big joke. If they had put as much effort into catching Richard Lee McNair when he escaped from the federal prison (instead of letting him walk away into the sunset) as they do with catching innocent people that are just trying to get to and from work or get their children to and from school they would be a lot better off. They remind me of Thing 1 and Thing 2 from the Cat In The Hat story. The make me sick! How can you justify going from 55 to 35 MPH within such a short distance???
gf of a co at USP Pollock

Ville Platte, LA

#5 Feb 18, 2010
the only sign of 35 in ball is in front of the school, and before that it is 45 for a while.
Get a brain people

United States

#6 Mar 28, 2010
If you people would follow the law, you wouldn't really be having these problems. Heaven forbid someone try to do their job. The only reason small towns are usually called "speed traps" is because they only have a limited amount of roadway to patrol; larger areas have much more to patrol and fewer people to do it. So slow down, besides this isn't Texas, if you don't like going through our towns just stay out of them.
Patricia Goodwin

Pineville, LA

#7 May 19, 2010
We will. We will stay out of your VERY small towns. And another thing, if we get a brain will you go out and get a real job? Just askin.....
frustrated with Dry Prong

French Settlement, LA

#8 Aug 4, 2010
Dry Prong as a population under 500 (as of the 2000 census), the roadway has recently been expanded into a beautiful 4 lane highway... that the community insisted be put through the center of their tiny village. The speed limit is all over the place... It starts at 65/55, then goes to 45, then to 55 then to 35 and 45 and then 35 again and finally back to 55/65.(I might not have the exact order right.. but there are two large stretches at 35 with very few houses and only a handful of businesses.)
I was recently pulled over for failing to stop behind a bus... whose lights turned on when I was ~80ft behind it going 55mph and already preparing to pass.
If they cared so much for the safety of their citizens they would have insisted on the highway bypassing their town... instead they make a big deal about keeping the speed down in front of their churches and schools and angering the public at large.
Obey the Speedlimits

United States

#9 Aug 19, 2010
As a grant parish resident that passes through Dry Prong quite a bit, I know for a fact that HWY 167 through Dry Prong is not 4-laned at this time, nor has there been any work inside city limits to 4-lane it. The 4 lane on 167 in Grant Parish begins in creola. The speed limit is 55mph. It drops to 45mph in Bentley where there is a major intersection with a caution light. It goes back to 65mph, then another drop to 45mph for another intersection (Hwy 167/Hwy 8). It speeds back up to 55mph, passes Grant High School (at 55mph unless during school zone hours). It then merges to a 2-way through the town of Dry Prong with a speed limit of 35mph. HWY 167 is NOT 4 laned through the city limits of Dry Prong.

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