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.

106 thoughts on “Texas’s worst speed traps”

  1. I love your site. Just went through Lott and it has not changed. Got a huge ticket in 1988 there. Now rockdale Texas is even worse. Check it out. Horrible there I live 15 miles from it. Have a great day.

  2. If you get a ticket in these places, set up a jury trial so the towns people have to report for traffic court. After a while, these towns folks get tired of going to court and get rid of the politicians who allow these speed traps to exist.

    No one likes jury duty for traffic court and half the time these guys don’t enforce serious law violations occurring in their towns. They stalk motorist traveling through the town and inflat speeds so you can’t take defensive driving.

  3. I want to inject a thought into your minds. “Politicians allow speed trap” is totally wrong in my case. That infers that the Police want to write tickets. I fought with the politicians and City Council almost 5 days a week for 4 years because they ordered me to have officers write more tickets and wanted to give me a quoto also. They even wanted my officers working graveyard to quit checking buildings and write tickets all night. They kinda set up their own little Kingdom and they are exempt they think, I also want to say no honest policeman will tell you “I would not give you this ticket, but they are making me do it”. I forbid my officers to write a ticket less than 10 miles over the limit and not to hide. DPS was writing them 5 over and sometimes 4 over. Let me tell you a joke. A man was speeding at midnight and just slowed down for a stop sign. He was stopped and he said but officer I slowed down for the stop sign. The officer pulled him out of the car and started beating him all over the head with his flashlight and said “Do you want me to slow down or stop”. In a wreck death is forever. Departments that leave “POLICE” off of their cars and put the lights in the grill are just out for the money. I marked all my cars and put overheads on them. After all someone may be looking for you to help them.

  4. The whole system is crooked–cops, politicians & judges. BTW, there are many places that you (the ordinary citizen) can’t know what the speed limit really is?? Take for example the OSR road between Brazos and Booger county–only 1 inconspicious speed limit sign at each end of the road–nothing else. The area is prime territory for 2 sherriff’s departments, the DPS, and many constable orgs. And then there is all the snooping and spying going on! We are now staying home more and more–can’t go to dine out or visit–to dangerous on the roads.

  5. I no longer winter in Texas due to the screw job I received. Don’t mess with Texas led to no more money for Texas

  6. On 07-26-2014 at 09:27pm, while driving on I-35 West going towards Ft Worth, Tx., passing by Itasca, Tx, Driving the posted speed limit 75, I was stopped by officer Porter for speeding. She said that I was speeding, 84 mph. I did explain that there was no way for me to have been going that speed do to my cruise control was at 75mph. Plus I have been on the same speed and on cruise control and passed a radar in Hillsboro, Tx., and did NOT get pulled over. She still gave me a ticket. That is just wrong and something should be done on this kind of situation. I was NOT speeding.!!!! What can I do in this type of situation??

  7. In my case, I was on I-35W and NOT in the town of Itasca, Tx. Plus was driving the speed limit and still got a ticket. What can I do?

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