Beware Of Speed Traps



Just a note of warning to all to beware of Arizona speed traps, specifically, Star Valley, just east of Payson. Star Valley uses traffic cameras set at the bottom of steep hills entering town with a sudden speed reduction from 55 MPH to 45 MPH with little warning.

These are classic examples of speed traps set up solely to generate revenue from unsuspecting through travelers.

Many of us use these routes going to Phoenix and Tucson areas. The town of Star Valley is proud that they collect over $1 million a year from unsuspecting travelers. This equates to over 10,000 tickets per year. Not a bad deal!

The rest of Arizona has discontinued the use of these photo speed traps; however, Star Valley has refused to comply as it is a major source of income for a town of less than 2,000 people.

I would recommend caution when traveling through Star Valley and certainly would not patronize any business, restaurant or gas station located there.

More information can be found by an AOL search “Star Az. speed traps” by the National Motorists Association. Be aware!!

Fred Rusk Durango, Colo.

Editor’s note: The photo enforcement program in Star Valley, which has in excess of 2,000 residents, generated only $244,976 in net revenues for 2013, with a steady decline expected each year for the next five years.


Mel Mevis 2 years, 10 months ago

We could go back to Barney Fife and the local magistrate. I remember my dad being ticked, then escorted to court in a small Texas town. It was pay the fine or spend the night in the pokey.

I guess we could go back to the good old days.

Only one question. What part of illegal don't you understand Fred?


Ronald Hamric 2 years, 10 months ago

I would invite Mr.Rusk to drive from Pine to Payson. When coming into Payson just before Houston Mesa Rd there is a reduction of speed from 55 to 40 mph. That is a 15mph reduction as opposed to the Star Valley one he is complaing about of 55 to 45. Is that somehow unwarranted in his view? If one drives, even in the state he hails from, there are frequent speed limit changes one has to be alert about. There are signs coming into Star Valley from both directions that warn of "Speed Enforcement Zone Ahead" My sense is that he was not paying attention to those signs as well as the posted speed limit signs and ended up contributing to Star Valley's treasury. Perhaps in the future he will pay closer attention to the information those road signs provide.


Pat Randall 2 years, 10 months ago

Ronald, Thank you for your answer to Mr. Rusk. Some people are to busy doing other things while driving instead of reading traffic signs. My grandkids included. I guess I don't pay real good attention. For a long time I slowed to 35 mph going into Star Valley. More power to them, I think Payson should install the radar photo system AND no right turn on red light signs at 260 and 87. Follow some of the school buses in an unmarked car. Some of them are the worst drivers I have ever seen. They certainly don't abide by the speed limits.


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