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Summersville WVA Route 19 Speed trap tourism

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Summersville WVA Route 19 Speed trap tourism

This is a good time to remind folks out there about the town of Summersville WVA. They are still out there to take your hard earned money from you. I feel we have a responsibility to warn as many people as we can.

The fact does remain that the speed trap in Summersville is just a way for the town to use the road to generate revenue. They drop the speed limit by 15 miles an hour then vigorously enforce it. This is a dishonest way of getting dollars out of otherwise law abiding citizens. Yes, you have to admit it, it is a scam. Because of the signage not everyone gets a ticket; just enough people to pay the town bills and improve their infrastructure. Unsuspecting first time travelers of route 19 are the target. This town’s police web site honors the officers that write the most tickets. Check it out for yourself. Take a look at their website. I wonder if there are financial rewards attached to those honors. I would be interested in knowing more about where the money trail leads. They wrote over 3 million dollars worth of tickets in one year.

They will tell you it’s about safety but we know better, it’s about dollars. Some people on this site even suggested what I thought were some great ideas for the town to make an honest dollar by taking advantage of the natural resources to invite tourism instead of taxing travelers. We know; however, they aren’t interested in that because it is too easy just to write those tickets. No business risk or additional capitol investment with that ticket approach. I have been back through there is always multiple people pulled over getting a ticket.

I personally will not be spending any money in that town. Not at Summersville lake, the Summersville Wal-Mart, their hotels or gas stations. I have sent a letter and this link to the Pittsburgh Press which is the closest large city to there I think. Hopefully they will publish another article about Summersville soon. Anyone reading this post if you can take similar action in your city it would help to warn as many people as possible.

This movement is growing. Perhaps then the town will maybe use some of the millions they get from those tickets to re-look at legitimate ways to improve the safety of the road.

Let them know you don’t like it. Beep twice as you drive by Summersville!!!

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11. Re: Summersville WVA Route 19 Speed trap tourism

I do not think that you received a speeding ticket in Summersville “simply for having an out of state plate”. I do not think this is illegal in any state in the US!! As for your question “how could I be singled out”? The police are just human beings and most generally if you are traveling in a group they have to pick one to give a ticket to. This makes sense to me. If police were able to pull you all over at one time I am confidant that all the cars speeding in the group would have received a ticket.

Towns and states set their speed limits (rules) just like we set the rules of our home. When visiting one is expected to obey these rules even if they seem to be over the top. Saying that Summersville is a dishonest, poorly run town, is a very broad statement and I am wondering if you have any first hand knowledge to back this statement up, or are you just angry?

When going thru Summersville or traveling anywhere as long as you obey the rules for that area I don’t think you will have a problem.

I just want to let you know that my husband received a speeding ticket in Gauley Bridge a couple yrs ago. Same thing, they are VERY serious about this! Most jurisdictions allow for about 5 MPH over the speed limit, these areas DO NOT. MY husband was going 4 miles over the speed limit and when the police pulled him over and explained why, my husband said “you are kidding right” the office said no I am not and it cost us $125.00. Did we see the speed limit sign, yes we did, but he was going over the posted speed limit and it cost him/us.

Summersville is a lovely area, with many wonderful things to see and do! If you only knew how many accidents have happened on that stretch of Rt 19 that resulted in a tragic death, I do believe that any reasonable person would be thankful that the police are patrolling that area in order to maintain a safe speed.

For any of you reading this post and thinking that you will by pass Summersville, I assure you that you will see other lovely areas of WV with police that are just as diligent as the ones in Summersville. So obey the rules while traveling thru Summersville, enjoy what she has to offer, and ALL will be well.

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12. Re: Summersville WVA Route 19 Speed trap tourism

"Simply for having an out of state plate"

What an absurd statement! LOL

Like the above poster said...if you only knew all the fatal accidents that happen on Rt. 19 all the time...then you would be thankful that these officers are DOING THEIR JOB WELL!!

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13. Re: Summersville WVA Route 19 Speed trap tourism

Bottom line, if you are not speeding you won't have to pay a ticket. Signs are clearly posted and the officers are not hiding. I can think of 10 people off the top of my head that were killed on this road any many more I did not know. I was even hit once and injured by a speeder on this road. Too may intersections not to lower the speed limit. So slow down and keep your money or stay home. I live 30 miles away and travel there almost daily for the past 10 years and I have NEVER gotten a speeding ticket.

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