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July 13, 2011 / Arlington Unwrapped

A Beginners Guide to Speed Traps in Arlington

Speed Trap Heading North on Carlin Springs towards Ballston

The first time I was pulled over for speeding in Arlington, I was a 15-year-old passenger on my way to Washington-Lee High School. We were running late that morning and were caught on a notorious “cut-through” street near Ballston, which has since been peppered with speed bumps to dissuade drivers from similar transgressions. The reality was, we didn’t know at the time that this was a go-to spot for police to issue tickets.

In the interest of helping other drivers avoid the money and headache involved, here’s a quick run-down of some of the most notable speed traps in North Arlington: 

North Carlin Springs Road, at North Edison Street – Generally law enforcement focuses on drivers heading from Route 50 towards Ballston. Police usually park on Edison and stand at or near the corner.

Glebe Rd, between Lee Hwy and 16th Street

North Glebe Road, heading South, between Lee Highway and 16th Street  – Its easy to start speeding without realizing it, as for the most part you are traveling downhill.  Police are extra vigilant in this area, because drivers are going through a school zone right past Glebe Elementary, in a spot where many young children are crossing. Generally radar guns will be situated between the school and 16th Street North.

North George Mason near Lacey Woods Park – specifically the area traveling south between Washington Boulevard and the 66 Overpass, approaching Arlington Traditional School. The police are hard to spot, generally at the corner of George Mason and 10th Street, so remember that the speed limit on this road is 30 mph.

George Mason Road, at N. 10th Street

North Glebe Road between Marymount and Chain Bridge – This area also proves to be fertile hunting ground for our much loved public servants. The speed limit in the area ranges from 25-35, but many drivers exceed speeds of 45 mph, so it’s easy to lose sight of how fast you are actually traveling.

Corner of Lee Highway and Nottingham, where police often lie in wait

Lee Highway Near Overlee Pool – The hills when you are travelling east on Lee Highway from Sycamore Street towards George Mason somewhat inadvertently encourage speeding. Be extra cautious as you approach Overlee Pool – police are often positioned on one of the side streets on your right, between John Marshall Drive and North Madison.

Those are some of the most notorious speed traps Arlington Unwrapped is aware of. Any we missed? Where should drivers be extra vigilant in South Arlington? Let your neighbors know in the comment section!

DISCLAIMER FROM OUR “LEGAL TEAM”: Arlington Unwrapped does not advise or condone driving above the speed limit. We specifically advocate safe and legal driving on all of Arlington’s roadways.



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  1. Rubin Varland / Sep 18 2011 1:36 am

    I simply mentioned that a couple of days in the past!!!

  2. / Feb 13 2013 4:30 pm

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