Places to Avoid Speeding In

Speeding on Florida roads and highways is tempting, especially when you’re cruising along the water or even through not-so-scenic parts of the state. However, keep in mind that getting caught for speeding by Florida law enforcement can come with traffic tickets and hefty fines that can impact your driving record for years to come. Continue below to review some Florida destinations known for their speed traps, so you can be mindful while driving on through.

Panama City

In recent years, extensive work has been underway by Florida’s Department of Transportation to resurface the busy Back Beach Road in Panama City, meaning the speed limit was reduced to 45 mph.

The good news is this $10 million project is now complete, and as such, the speed limit has gone back up to its original 55 mph. What’s more, pedestrians can also take advantage of the improved sidewalks, which were completed as part of the project. The signals, turn lanes and road surfaces have also been improved for drivers.

Cape Coral

In 2016, a study was carried out by the Traffic Advisory Commission which resulted in comprehensive changes to road speeds across the city of Cape Coral in Lee County. In total, nine roadways are affected by the changes, with seven undergoing a 5 mph speed limit reduction and two having 5 mph increases.

The study furthermore advised that more monitors be put in place across all roads in the area to ensure drivers are not speeding. This means it really is worthwhile knowing what speeds you can and can’t drive on the city’s roadways.

The roads which now have a decreased speed limit are:

  • Agualinda Boulevard (45 mph to 40 mph)
  • Chiquita (40 mph to 35 mph)
  • Mohawk (45 mph to 40 mph)
  • Pelican Boulevard (40 mph to 35 mph)
  • Savona (45 mph to 40 mph)
  • Skyline (40 mph to 35 mph)

The roads which now have an increased speed limit are:

  • Gleason (35 mph to 40 mph)
  • South West 20th Avenue (30 mph to 35 mph)

Waldo

The town of Waldo in northern Florida has become famous over the years for being a so-called speed trap. Speed limits are heavily enforced in the town center, and motorists are expected to strictly observe the six speed limit changes which are in place on a relatively small section of roads. You may be wondering: why are there all these drastic changes in speed limits? According to the town council, the changes are in accordance with the presence of pedestrianized activities, such as flea markets and school zones. As to why the speed limits are enforced so rigorously, this is a decision made at a local police level.

In 2014, the number of speeding tickets dished out was finally put under the spotlight with a high-profile court case, and as a result, two police officers were suspended. Nevertheless, it is still important to heed the warning given by the signs as you enter Waldo, and to keep a look out for the speed limit changes which range between the following:

  • 65 mph
  • 55 mph
  • 45 mph
  • 35 mph

Orlando

Since the start of 2015, a new speed limit of 70 mph has been in place on State Roads 417 and 429 in Orlando. The previous speed limit of 65 mph was deemed to be too slow in a study carried out by The Central Florida Expressway Authority; between 70 mph and 80 mph was found to be the average speed of most motorists, and given no data suggests that such speeds cause additional accidents, the changes were approved.

Charlotte County

In the last few years, a total of 27 streets across Charlotte County have had their speed limits changed. This has caused considerable confusion for motorists, who have been unclear for some time on where the speed limits have changed, and by how much. Now that the changes are more established, the sheriff’s office has warned that it will be taking penalization of motorists who exceed the speed limits more seriously. As such, it’s worth understanding how the changes affect you.

Lakeland

A stretch of road in Lakeland, Polk County, where three pedestrians have died in the last two years, has had its speed limit reduced accordingly. Clubhouse Road, which has had ongoing issues with speeding motorists, now has a speed limit of 40 mph, rather than the previous 45 mph. It is thought that such changes will continue in an effort to curb the number of fatalities in the region.

Cape Canaveral

Since as far back as the 1980s, police officials in Cape Canaveral, Brevard County have been asking for the speed limit to be lowered on a two-mile-long section of road on the State Road A1A. Finally, in the summer of 2016, Florida Department of Transportation deemed such changes to be necessary, and has changed the speed limit from 45 mph down to 40 mph.