My extended family and I are planning a trip from Ontario to Florida next summer, all 11 of us. We considering using the US 19 short cut but of course have heard all the stories about the "Summersville speed trap". I just want to make sure that it is just a case of follow the posted signs. I have no problem following the speed limit. I just want to make sure that thats all that it is. I suspect that it is simular to a stretch of Highway close to my grandparents. Its an uncontroled highway with 2 lanes in each direction. It goes from many bush on each side to a small populated area with a gas stations, homes and a school. The speed drops sharply from 90 km (55mph) to 70 km (43mph). It is also a community safety zone which means fines are doubled in this area and the speed limit is enforce (although not right to km) This isn't to cash in on speeding tickets but for saftey reasons. Police do sit in this area. On busy summer weekends you can almost always find two or 3 police officers with radar guns in this area (after all there is a Tim Hortons donut place in this stretch). Locals or people familiar to the area know to drive the speed limit in the area but out of towners always speed by the locals and end up getting dinged. I imagine tourists feel that this area is a speed trap.
If the situation is the same in Summersville I have no problem with it. I just want to make sure that there is no validity to the stories of people with out of state plates getting tickets "for no reason". I just want to make sure that it isn't an improvised toll road.
I guess I'm just looking for what its like now and not what it was like 4 years ago.
Any advice as to if this short cut is worth it?