I make someone mad at me just about every single day. I mean like really mad. I’m talking honking the horn screaming and yelling road rage mad.
It usually happens either right around lunch time or late at night as I am on my way home from work. It’s honestly not intentional…I’m just really cautious about some of our local speed traps.
If you’ve been driving around Beaver County for any amount of time, you’ve almost certainly found yourself pushing the speed limit just a little bit too far in one of these spots. And the price you pay for getting caught can really hurt.
As I was discussing this issue with some of my fellow YBC cohorts, we thought it might be fun to put together a top five list featuring some of the most notorious speed traps in Beaver County. So let’s dive right in…
5. Route 51 Near Aliquippa
According to Alison, there is a certain spot on Route 51 where a police car can be seen backing up just off of the road. I was always under the impression that no one watched this stretch of 51, so this is definitely an area where I am going to be more careful the next time I am headed out that way.
4. The Brighton Twp. Exit on Tusca
Whitney pointed out that coming off of the Brighton Twp. exit on 376 onto Tuscarawas Rd is a spot that is notorious for speeding tickets. Something about this stretch just seems to make you feel oblivious to the fact that you are going too fast.
3. Junction Stretch
Back in my younger days (last year), this stretch of road from Rochester into New Brighton was always a place that just made you feel like slamming the gas pedal down a little harder than usual. But ever since the completion of the new bridge, it just seems like there are more and more people getting pulled over in this area. That’s why I make a conscious effort to dial it back a bit when heading out to Wooley Bully’s for dinner.
2. On 376 Between Center and Monaca
It might just be me, but I feel like there is almost ALWAYS a State Trooper sitting in-between the two sides of the highway somewhere between the Center and Monaca exits. Many people don’t realize that the speed limit is only 55 here, so it can be pretty easy to catch yourself (or get caught) going a lot faster than that.
1. Wal-Mart Hill Heading Into Monaca
I am definitely a little biased on this one. That’s because this is where I got caught going 40 miles an hour in a 25 a few years ago. It’s also the place that I seem to always anger the person behind me these days. I swear I’m not looking for trouble. I’m just trying to avoid another big fine and more points on my license.
I’ve seen people get caught going both ways here. Police cars can sit up toward the foundry to get people coming up the hill. They can also sit in the parking lot across the street. Recently, I have seen this speed trap expand to include police cars sitting as high up the hill as the first light onto Old Brodhead, and then down the hill all the way into Monaca.
My personal opinion is that going 25 miles per hour at the bottom of Wal-Mart Hill is a little ridiculous. But I don’t make the rules, and it’s not my job to judge the guys that enforce them. All I ask is that you remember my most recent fine the next time you are stuck behind me going 32 MPH into Monaca.