Hey all, I live in San Diego County, and do most of my commuting in Valley Center, Escondido, San Marcos, Temecula, and occasionally further south. Here are some speed traps that I have known LEOs to set up in the area:
Valley Center (CHP Patrol Cars)
Cool Valley Ranch Road and Cole Grade Rd. It is at the bottom of the hill.(Ka Band Constant On)
Valley Center Rd. and Woods Valley Rd. Coming down the grade there is occasionally one CHP speedtraping by a local market to get downhillers. (Ka Band Constant On)
Valley Center Rd. and Miller Rd. He's right at Pepperoni's just waiting sometimes in the parking lot to trap people. (Ka Band Constant On)
Also, always look around for moving CHPs, since some leave their radars on and others do not when here. There is also a K-band (24.140-24.158 Ghz) speed sign on Valley Center Road going down the grade into Escondido that construction workers left up after the grade was completed to two lanes.
Escondido (Escondido Police Motorcycles and Patrol Cars)
Valley Center Rd. to Escondido Downhill Grade. Escondido Motorcycle Cops like to trap people coming down the two-lane hill just before it goes to one lane and before you get to Lake Wohlford Rd. It's right after the border of the city/county and after the center divder is gone. They are usually there in the mornings during rush hours. (Ka Band 35.5 *Instant On*)
Valley Parkway and Orange Glen Elementary School. They are usually here on their motorcycles waiting to nail someone going over 25 when school is getting out around 2:30pm. (Ka Band *Instant On*)
Grand Avenue and Ash Street. They are downhill from ash street near the backside of the Home Depot, waiting to trap people going over 35 coming down the hill at the Eagle's Point Apartment Complex Driveway. (Ka Band Constant or Instant On)
Lincoln and Rose Street. I did not see this cop, but he triggered LASER on my RD when I was doing 50 in a 35 zone, but I didn't get a ticket. This was actually a confirmed false, EPD does not have laser at all.
Mission Street just west of Rock Springs Road. There were 2 patrol cars here zapping people. (Ka Band Instant On)
El Norte Parkway and Centre City Parkway. One or 2 patrol cars were around here running Radar on some sidestreets (Ka Band Instant or Constant On).
El Norte Parkway and Rose St. One Patrol Car running a speedtrap (Ka Instant On)
San Marcos (CSUSM and San Macros City Sheriff)
Twin Oaks Valley and Barham Drive. Just up ahead before you get to CSUSM at the next light (Craven Road), sometimes a CSUSM cop will be sitting with his window rolled down in the exit to the main center there on the right. Beware, for he has: (LASER)
Barham Drive alongside the freeway up towards Twin Oaks Valley Rd. after Woodland Parkway. I have encoutered very strange things here. Sometimes I've gotten a K-band alert (4 bars, 24.066Ghz) that I had thought was a door opener, but yesterday (10-3-05), I saw the sheriff of San Marcos cruising down the road. Other days the X50 has been quiet during the same time of the day I drive home from college, so it's definitely a real radar signal. (K Band Instant On)
Notes: I haven't seen too many speedtraps here, but there may be other areas to the further east by Rancho Santa Fe which I have no doubt have more speedtraps. I just haven't commuted there too much. CA Highway 78 is not enforced very well by the CHP, most of them actually speed themselves on there! (Hippocrits!) I usually see everyone going at least 85 MPH.
San Diego-Riverside Border (I-15)
Old Castle/Gopher Canyon Rd Exit and I-15. Look for CHP if you get off this exit underneath the freeway overpass. They usually are in the shadows, and I've seen more than one person get pulled over. Also, if you continue on Old Castle Rd, look for them in the "Traffic Calmed Area" where the speed limit is 45MPH. (Constant on Ka)
Rainbow Valley Blvd. and I-15. I had a strange occurance on my RD, a sudden full blast of K-band. Not sure who was using it, but I bet it was a local LEO from either Temecula or Fallbrook. (Instant On K)
Notes: Look for CHP on the sides of the freeway here running Constant On Ka Band. Some don't have it on, and might (but unlikely) be running Airplane VASCAR. I don't think VASCAR is in use too much since gas prices are way high now, and planes need gas just like cars, so CHP just use their KA Guns to catch more people than the planes. I'm sure they use more VASCAR up further north in the LA areas and the I-5 though.
South CA 79 and I-15. I picked up a weak Ka Signal near the gas stations (Arco and Shell) off the freeway here. Not sure if it was CHP or a local LEO. (Instant or Constant Ka)
Rancho California Rd. onramp to I-15 Southbound. I saw 2 Temecula Motorcycle Police that had pulled someone over and had their Radar units still on. My X50 Detected Ka and then POP?! I think the Pop was actually the detector just falsing cause I got more Pops as I approached the Cops. (35.523Ghz Ka Band Constant On)
I hope this helps everyone. Please let me know if you have additional speedtraps you'd like to add here for San Diego or Riverside Counties that you've experienced. Also, if you guys know what CHP and other LEOs in my area are using (which Radar Guns exactly), that would be very useful to me, as it's hard for me to stop and identify each gun they use while commuting back and forth to school and college. Any help would be greatly appreciated.