Is it legal to have a speed trap on the down slope of a hill?
Yes, it is indeed legal for the traffic authorities to enforce speed limits on downhill sections of road. A manned speed trap where offenders are stopped at the roadside may be set up anywhere.
Speed traps, where a photograph is taken and the notification of the offence or fine is mailed to the owner of the vehicle, must have prior authorisation from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. This authority is motivated by improving traffic safety through reducing the speed to the posted speed limit in that area.
The prosecuting guidelines for speed enforcement must in all cases be followed and, if not, a challenge to the validity of a speed prosecution may be successful in court.
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