Driving the gauntlet Town along Route 4 collects $232,715 in speeding fines
Running north and south, the Green Mountains limit a motorist's options to travel between the eastern and western parts of the state.
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#1 Nov 8, 2009
Driving from Woodstock west on Rt 4 this Friday night with a pickup truck on my tail all the way into Bridgewater - in the dark and on unfamiliar road - I had the last straw of being pulled over for speeding right after the pickup truck pulled off the road as we entered Bridgewater. Let's see, I was under the speed limit the whole way, and was so rattled by the pick up truck I didn't see the 25 mph sign. My bad - I was going the posted speed up to the sign. So no excuses on my part but I couldn't help but notice that the non-Vermont plate person (me) was the one singled out. The cop was very obviously interested in nothing but writing a ticket. Pulls over and simply asks for my license and registration. Never once says why he pulled me over till he came back with the ticket at which time he made a point of emphasising that, should I contest the ticket in court, I had a good chance of having to pay a $1000+ fine. The message was clear that I ought not to contest the ticket. The parting shot from the cop - "enjoy my weekend in Vermont". Well, envisioning a $1000 hit to my bank account I spent no money in Vermont. I was glad to read this article when I got home and read about speed traps.
#2 Feb 4, 2014
Thank you very much for your comments about the "speed trap" situation in Bridgewater. Your comments were absolutely on track and just the same as happened to me. Although I am a Vermonter, I have also been very upset about the unfair use of tickets and the intimidation methods used by the sheriff's office. I have been ticketed in Bridgewater and singled out as the last car in a line of 4 vehicles that were all driving normally, safely, and within the speed limits. The officer was rude and arrogant and would not speak to me, exactly as you said. He refused to explain why I was pulled over, what my speed was, and was only interested in writing a ticket. At the last minute, despite my requests, as he was leaving did he tell me why I was ticketed at what speed. But after writing the ticket he sure made a giant point of intimidating me and clearly made his point - do not contest this ticket or you will lose and it will cost you more than $1000. They say they are just trying to keep the roads safe, but it is all about the MONEY!! Many people are being ticketed unfairly , not because they were really "speeding" but to maintain the quota that is on average 7 tickets per day for 7 days a week for the last 5 years. Maybe at first it was a good idea to "protect" the town, but now it has gotten out of control and the town can't afford to lose the money it is given. The situation is definitely escalating. I may only be one person but I refuse to drive to Woodstock and Rutland anymore and someday businesses like the Bridgewater Mill, or Shari's Restaurant, or the antique and salvage little store may be hurt. As "Speeder "says above, he came to Vermont and because of the ticket spent no money in this state. I have nothing against properly issued speeding tickets, but I have a problem with overzealous cops who won't explain, and do intimidate , and give these tickets for very minor infractions (especially when people are slowing down to come through Bridgewater). Maybe some warnings should be issued but that would make it harder to hit the quota and , especially, the money collection.
#3 Jan 11, 2016
We used to go to Wassail Weekend every year and to the Woodstock Inn in the summer too but the same thing happened to us a few years ago and we haven't been back since. It ruined our entire vacation because we argued about ticket after being pulled over and were upset the entire time because of it. It is definitely a speed trap if so many people have an issue with the same spot- signage or not. Awful way to run policing of a town that thrives on tourism!
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