An organization that ranked Colorado Springs among the top 10 cities with the most speed traps said the report isn’t based on a scientific study but reports from the public.
“We just compiled this massive database over the last 13 years, approximately, of about 80,000 speed traps that the public has encountered on the road and chose to share on the website,” said John Bowman, a spokesman for the National Motorist Association.
“We can query the data and search it and sort it any number of ways and then come up with these rankings,” he said.
ABC News aired a story Monday about speed traps and, citing the association as its source, called out Colorado Springs as being among the cities with the most.
The network contacted the association several times over the last several weeks “and asked us to provide that information to them,” Bowman said.
“It’s not scientific in that we’re not sort of controlling the data,” he said.
“But I think it’s accurate because it’s coming directly from people who are out driving on these roads. They see a speed trap and they say, ‘Aha, I want to report that.’”
Colorado Springs ranked No. 5 among cities with the most reported speed traps since January 2000 and No. 10 over the past three years, Bowman said.