Dover has plenty of speed traps for the unwary driver. Especially on the NASCAR race weekends, the cops are out in full force. One common trend with the Dover police--they love nice, sunny days...I've never seen them out in the rain or snow.
Their favorite spots in the Dover area:
* At the intersection of Loockerman and Division is the worst speed trap in town. Coming out of town, heading west, the street widens from just 2 lanes to 4, but the speed limit stays 25 mph for some unknown reason (maybe so they can make money on tickets?). Here you will see the police at several spots looking either direction including the triangular area where Division and Loockerman split, at the end of Carver Lane near the school, near the railroad tracks on Loockerman, and at Lincoln Street on Loockerman.
* On Rt 113 just north of Dover Air Force Base... think Dover likes the military? Sure, they like to target the military so they can collect their paycheck on Fridays. They sit in the median or sometimes on the berm of the northbound lane.
* Walker Road between Independence Drive and Bicentennial Drive. This is next to a school, so slow down anyway! They often sit in this area in the mornings when the kids are going to and from school.
* I have also occasionally seen cops on Scarborough Rd near the railroad overpass where the speed limit is only 45 despite a wide open road.
Avoid the western side of downtown dover after dark, basically the square formed by Loockerman St, Division Street, Governor's Ave, and the Railroad tracks. This is the low income section of town and there are people creeping around the streets at all hours of the night. Prostitution is also a problem in this area.
If you are just driving through, you should be OK, but don't spend more time here after dark than you absolutely must!
Dover is old school. Instead of embracing modern technology like cell phone and pagers (or even the internet!), they still use the massive, obnoxious outdoor fire alarms to call the volunteers to the station. These sirens blow day and night full blast, loud enough to sit you straight up in bed while in your deepest sleep.
I respect the Dover Fire Department and am thankful for all they do as they respond to around 1000 calls per year, but I beg and plead they adopt modern technology and scrap those archaic fire sirens!
According to this Dover Post article from last year, most people don't mind the fire sirens, but I beg to differ.
Dover crime statistics score at higher risk for crime than an average American city.
Robberies, Rapes and Assaults are substantially higher than what would be expected for a population the size of Dover's. Non-violent crimes are about average for Delaware.
When you visit Dover, be sure to lock car doors, use the chain-latch in the motel room, don't flash cash (put valuables in motel safe and use money belt for cash and credit cards), stay away from ATMs late at night, don't go to unfamiliar places alone. Use common sense and be a little extra-cautious and you will have a safe time in Dover.
There are over 170 sex offenders registered for the Dover area. That is an extremely high amount for the size of the population
for more information, see this website below.
These trucks move up and down the highway carrying up to 5,500 live chickens. Poor things are pooping and shedding feathers & fleas all up and down the highway, so if you see one coming roll up your window quickly...
This one took a spill where Rts 13 and 113 split, killing or injuring 2,000 chickens and allowing many to run through traffic as they made their break to safety.
Most of these trucks are running to the Mountaire poultry processing plants in Millsboro and Selbyville, DE. Mountaire's company headquarters is also located in Selbyville.
Watch out for traffic and masses of people during the NASCAR Race weekends in Dover. These weekends were always a fun time while I lived in Dover, I just made sure not to try to drive anywhere.
Traffic is crazy and restaurants are packed. But the bars are a blast with the race fans!
Route 1 is the summertime is packed on the weekends from Smyrna to the beaches. Avoid the crowds by traveling on Thursday or earlier in the mornings. There are some highways that cross over, Rts. 13 & 113, so check a map if you prefer that route (a little longer with lights and local traffic).