By on March 26, 2010

The top forty speed traps in the state of Texas raked in a total of $178,367,093 in speeding ticket revenue between 2000 and 2008 despite having a combined population of less than 56,000 residents. Motorist Aren Cambre collected ticket issuance data from the state’s Office of Court Administration to identify which towns generated the most revenue per capita from speeding tickets.

Cambre said “intellectual curiosity” drove him to analyze the records. He found that the town of Westlake issued an average of 38 tickets worth $4696 each year for every resident. The small community contracted with the Keller Police Department to have traffic units stake out Highway 114 to issue a high volume of tickets to drivers passing through the small town. Keller Police Chief Mark Hafner defended the ticketing practices as essential to reducing fatalities on that freeway.

“When we took over policing in 2002, Highway 114 had three to four fatals a year,” Hafner told WFAA-TV in an interview. “In the last two years, we have not had a fatal accident on highway 114.”

Cambre pulled the accident statistics for all of Westlake and for Highway 114 in particular. There were never more than two fatalities in any one year across the entire town. On Highway 114, there were a total of just three fatalities from 1996 to 2008. The number of fatalities did not change with the amount of tickets issued.

“I see no correlation,” Cambre wrote. “Except maybe a lack of a correlation between fatal wrecks and tickets — although I admit that you can’t draw much of a conclusion from this limited data.”

Estelline, Domino, Montgomery, Martindale, Cuney, Palmer, Rio Vista, Riesel and Patton Village rounded out the list of the top ten speed traps. The full list is available in a 75k PDF file at the source link below, or in their original form here.

Source: PDF File Top 40 Texas Speed Traps (ArenCambre.com, 3/4/2010)

[Courtesy: Thenewspaper.com]

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12 Comments on “Texas: Small Town Speed Traps Rake In Millions...”


  • avatar
    Contrarian

    You know the old saying;

    Money talks, and bullsh|t drives a sheriff’s car.

  • avatar
    twotone

    Just one more reason to stay away from Texas.

    Twotone

  • avatar
    Steven02

    Westlake had a pretty bad thing going on and had to refund several tickets because of an invalid speed limit they had posted.

    http://www.westlake-tx.org/history/Star-Telegram/022104.htm

    I live not from there and heard about the story in local news not too long ago.

  • avatar
    MarcKyle64

    This is just another reason I stay on the Interstate when I travel through Texas. The small town diners, shops and gas stations don’t benefit from my tourism dollars when I’m afraid I’ll get a BS ticket.

  • avatar
    outdoorplaces

    I see Corrigan, Texas is still on the list. They’ve been a famous small town speed trap for decades. I use to have to drive through their every day to go to work. I would set the cruise control on SH-59 at 2 MPH under the speed limit. Tickets account for 25% to 33% of the town budget year after year. It sucks.

  • avatar
    ConejoZing

    “had to refund several tickets because of an invalid speed limit they had posted.”

    hahahahhaah! Whoops! Next they’ll be doing felony voyeurism to try and “catch you” doing something… like paying your bills.

    Seriously, speeding is totally 100% legal… in Gran Turismo. I huff fake cigs like crazy on the Playstation and Sony nods with approval. Get the driving wheel with the pedals, erase or block out the illuminati dajjal symbol (idol) and go absolutely crazy. You will become a better driver.

    Also… in the ten commandments … there is no “thou shalt not speed.”

  • avatar
    bmoredlj

    “Don’t Mess With Texas…It’s Doing A Fine Job Of Messing With Itself”

  • avatar
    Steven02

    Simple way to have this not effect you…
    Don’t speed.

    • 0 avatar
      KixStart

      Didn’t you supply the link about the 50mph stretch of TX 114 that doesn’t have a 50mph limit? Whether or not you’re speeding apparently doesn’t matter all that much.

  • avatar
    KixStart

    The curve is fairly steep. In $tickets/citizen, it’s $42K in Westlake, $18K in Estelline and is in the mid $2Ks by the time you get to #10.

    Westlake really stands head and shoulders above the rest.

  • avatar
    Pahaska

    Martindale, #5, is the a**hole of central Texas. Four-lane through lightly built-up area with ridiculously low limit posted way out in the country. I hate to go through there, but when I do, I always see someone stopped.

    Mustang Ridge, #20, is another a**hole of a place. It;s a low-rent appendage to SE Austin that exists on motorists.

    I have been to Zavalla, #26, just once. It’s a little place that just happens to straddle a highway and feeds on it.

  • avatar
    Dick

    First off, these two speed traps are widely known to the locals.
    Second, I, along with several other people believe the Keller and Westlake cops are crooked. Their city governments definitely are on the take.

    “When we took over policing in 2002, Highway 114 had three to four fatals a year,” Hafner told WFAA-TV in an interview. “In the last two years, we have not had a fatal accident on highway 114.”

    This jackoff conveniently fails to mention that 114 was a two lane back road, crammed full of rock haulers, which caused most of the crashes.
    Hafner, if you read this per wild chance? Screw you, ya thug.


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