Texas’s worst speed traps

EDIT: I was interviewed on Dallas’s WFAA channel 8 for this. See the video and article at Small North Texas town tops list in speeding-ticket revenue. Also see my response to the video.

Texas Municipal Wall of Shame: the 40 most prolific speed traps, ordered by total ticket revenue per citizen.

I am not certain, but I think this covers all tickets written from 2000-2008.

Rank City 2008 population Traffic tickets % of all tickets that are traffic tickets Total ticket revenue Total ticket revenue per citizen Total tickets per citizen
1 Westlake 211 71664 81% $8,919,460 $42,272 340
2 Estelline 155 24269 88% $2,873,199 $18,537 157
3 Domino 50 2656 99% $262,660 $5,253 53
4 Montgomery 596 25523 66% $3,116,988 $5,230 43
5 Martindale 1148 44422 98% $5,496,670 $4,788 39
6 Cuney 147 4598 100% $678,847 $4,618 31
7 Palmer 2258 81653 93% $10,144,689 $4,493 36
8 Rio Vista 818 31508 95% $3,239,383 $3,960 39
9 Riesel 1013 25021 92% $3,911,628 $3,861 25
10 Patton Village 1483 52752 98% $5,570,563 $3,756 36
11 Mount Enterprise 543 16379 99% $2,023,814 $3,727 30
12 Pantego 2381 41830 53% $8,763,955 $3,681 18
13 Wilmer 3576 88731 90% $12,610,497 $3,526 25
14 Dalworthington 2412 60167 66% $8,320,636 $3,450 25
15 Lott 675 11454 85% $2,139,228 $3,169 17
16 Lavon 423 8255 85% $1,319,644 $3,120 20
17 Chillicothe 687 14420 94% $2,127,266 $3,096 21
18 Waskom 2137 48647 98% $6,604,962 $3,091 23
19 Shenandoah 2002 67581 97% $6,004,139 $2,999 34
20 Mustang Ridge 933 25329 90% $2,786,746 $2,987 27
21 Ferris 2566 46764 89% $7,591,029 $2,958 18
22 Covington 302 4192 62% $886,511 $2,935 14
23 Arcola 1230 32449 97% $3,589,616 $2,918 26
24 Northlake 2036 40651 93% $5,763,918 $2,831 20
25 Rice 980 18346 64% $2,708,749 $2,764 19
26 Zavalla 665 15499 96% $1,816,084 $2,731 23
27 Magnolia 1249 35035 86% $3,391,091 $2,715 28
28 Alvarado 4188 83348 79% $11,134,344 $2,659 20
29 Brownsboro 837 17763 91% $2,203,938 $2,633 21
30 Driscoll 802 10353 71% $2,092,793 $2,609 13
31 Rhome 1051 21390 82% $2,731,994 $2,599 20
32 Kemah 2498 45532 83% $6,421,907 $2,571 18
33 Corrigan 1872 28235 83% $4,548,346 $2,430 15
34 Coffee City 207 4566 80% $499,477 $2,413 22
35 Itasca 1696 31532 85% $4,040,627 $2,382 19
36 Eustace 925 14406 77% $2,172,573 $2,349 16
37 Rogers 1138 18659 91% $2,653,569 $2,332 16
38 Southside Place 1667 34778 80% $3,782,674 $2,269 21
39 Calvert 1358 27655 97% $3,070,273 $2,261 20
40 Selma 4632 86332 87% $10,352,606 $2,235 19

This was calculated from data from the Texas Office of Court Administration’s Trial Court Judicial Data Management System.

120 comments

  1. Corrigan Texas
    These are the lowest scum on the Planet. In the old days they wore bandanna ‘ s over their face so nobody knew who they were while robbing the stage coach. Now they pin a badge on these scum sucking bottom feeders and strap on a gun and call it legal.
    “Yes Sir, just sign right here (or go to jail) and by the way sir this is not an admission of guilt but we have conveniently put the amount you have to pay right on the ticket”.
    Meanwhile real crime is everywhere around us being overlooked because there isn’t any money in putting criminals in jail, it’s a NET LOSS.

  2. Just got ticketed on I-35W by an Itasca policeman who claimed I was doing 7 miles over the posted limit and he had the laser to prove it. He wrote on the ticket he lasered me from 980 yards away. He was hiding behind some concrete pilings under the over pass between the north and south lanes. There were 5 vehicles kinda packed together going about the same speed-four of us on the right lane and one in the passing lane; yet he picked me out of the pack for the ticket. I was the only dark vehicle. Does anyone know how these laser things work? Is there an image on their screen? How did he happen to pick me out of a group of 5 vehicles ? Does it do any good to appear and appeal this case to the county courts?

    • Yep, they have found a gold mine on I-35W, although the map on Wikpedia shows the city limits do not include I35W. I lived there until 1961 and of course highway 81 was the main route between Waco and Ft. Worth and there was 1 red light and it started blinking yellow at night. We had 2 constables, 1 drove his own 1951 Plymouth and the other looked like the stereotypical potbellied sheriff and his patrol vehicle was a city owned dump truck. This could have been a scene right out Hollywood. He had a flashing red light to put on the dash and away he went, chasing some “speeder” who was probably half way to Ft. Worth before this guy got into 2nd gear. Sometimes we would follow him for a few miles just to see how far he would chase the guy, hey we didn’t have much entertainment in Itasca at the time.

  3. Back in 2005, some of my techs had warned me about Mustang Ridge, but not Martindale. I was heading back towards I-10 to go home and I always use cruise when possible. Saw Martindale coming up, so I tapped the brake and was doing 55 when I hit the city limits sign and a black Dodge p/u blew by me, BUT he turned into a Martindale neighborhood, so he was a local. A brand new tricked out Crown Vic whipped around behind me and hit his lights. I pulled over and he got on his loudspeaker and said pull over at the next intersection. I did so and the grass was completely worn away from all of the traffic stops made there. While this peckerwood 20 year old was writing me a ticket, 3 more NEW loaded Crown Vics came by. Now this is a town (questionable) with about 750+ people. I now know they bought their new police fleet on the backs of the motoring public. I go out of my way to avoid going anywhere near Martindale

  4. I would be interested in Pflugerville’s current stats. These guys are constantly working traffic. The courts are full while their burglary rate is high. Thieves managed to walk off with considerable loot while the waterpark was underconstruction. Their priorities are messed up.

  5. You may want to recheck your data. Chillicothe (#17) city council data shows 68 citations were wrote in Feb 2015 out of 107 stops (for the month). so I question how one officer can write 14,500 tickets a year. That means our finest would have to write 6 tickets every hour he worked.

    14,500 tickets /2080 hours a year = 6 tickets per hour

  6. There is a speed trap in the town of Gunter, not just along 289, but along the 121 Farm Road. Tickets are $160 to $280+, and there are few speed limit signs. The speed limit is 55 mph along FM121, but it isn’t posted often, and the Gunter city limits extend well into the countryside where the boundary isn’t obvious.

  7. The fuzz are out in Booger County–speed traps noted today on Hwy 79 in town of Franklin–and–on OSR road (running generally E-W) near interesection of Hwy 46. Note that speed limit on OSR is 60 MPH–and is inadequately marked. Be careful.

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