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15 Minutes of Separation | Texas Drives

The 40 Best Speed Traps in Texas

It’s the trap part that people object to

By Luke Warm
Editor’s Note: Since other Texas magazines are always touting the best of this and the best of that, we decided to view speed traps with their positive viewpoint. Don’t we all admire efficiency and hard work? Of course we do. Therefore, the communities on the list have the hardest-working and most efficient speed traps – allowing us to call them “The Best.” - Ed.
Sarita TX - Slow Children Speed Trap Sign
Full disclosure: this sign in Sarita, Texas was meant to warn people of speed bumps but the sign maker got it slightly wrong. – LW
Mr. Alan Cambre http://arencambre.com/blog/2010/03/04/texass-worst-speed-traps/ has compiled a list of the “worst” speed traps in Texas. Worst meaning the highest ticket revenue per person.

The list below is from Mr. Cambre’s research but we have added the county names - and the highways where the offences took place. The revenue generated over an eight year period (2000-2008) is found on Cambre’s site as well and it’s nothing short of astounding.

In addition to this list are three other sites dealing with speed traps, the third link is a motorist advocacy site that also deals with red light cameras and publishes updates on their “popularity.”

www.speedtrapped.com

www.speedtrap.org *
www.motorists.org

*The number of Texas towns included on speedtrap.org calls into question their data-gathering techniques since the official state map of Texas has just under 2,000 towns listed and Speedtrap.org shows that there are 1,926 speed traps in Texas.

Several of the above sites allow comments and there is always a goody-two shoes who will say: “Don’t speed and you won’t get a ticket” or words to that effect. We sincerely hope that they will come back and update their comments after they get out of high school and have been out in the real world awhile.

We were considering writing about speed traps back in 1998, however after calling triple A to see if they had a list, we got a spokesperson on the line who informed us that speed traps did not exist. He did admit that there were zones when speed limits were rigidly enforced, but (in a laughing tone) he said we had been watching too many old television programs.

Reassured, but blushing at our ignorance, we decided that we shouldn’t keep the myth alive. That very evening, as the local news began it’s round-up, the lead story focused on one of these non-existent speed traps on Highway 59 south of Houston where motorists were given a choice of receiving a citation or donating to a local charity.

The Top 40 Worst Speed Traps in Texas
Compiled by Alan Cambre

WestlakeDenton / Tarrant Counties Hwy 114
EstellineHall County (Population 168) A ghost town is number 2 on the list.
DominoCass County Highway 59 Pop. 52
MontgomeryMontgomery County State Hwy 105
MartindaleCaldwell County Highway 146
CuneyCherokee County Highway 175
PalmerEllis County Highway 45
Rio Vista Johnson County Hwy 174
RieselMcLennan County Hwy 6
Patton VillageMontgomery County Hwy 59
Mount EnterpriseRusk County Hwy 84 and 259
PantegoTarrant County SW of Arlington
WilmerDallas County Hwy 45
DalworthingtonTarrant County Between I-20 and I-30
LottFalls County Hwy 77
LavonCollin County Hwy 78
ChillicotheHardeman County Hwy 287
WaskomHarrison County I-20 On the Louisiana State Line
“Welcome to Texas, here’s your ticket.”
ShenandoahMontgomery County I-45
Mustang RidgeTravis/Caldwell Counties Hwy 183
Ferris Ellis County I-45
CovingtonHill County Hwy 171
ArcolaFort Bend County Hwy 6
NorthlakeDenton County I-35W
RiceNavarro County I-45
ZavallaJasper County Hwy 63
Magnolia* Not sure which of 3 (San Jacinto, Anderson or Montgomery)
AlvaradoJohnson County I-35 W, US 67 and 81
Brownsboro*Not sure of which county: Caldwell, Henderson or Kendall
DriscollNueces County Highway 77
RhomeWise County Highway 287/ 81
KemahGalveston County Highway 146
CorriganPolk County Highway 59
Coffee CityHenderson County Hwy 155
ItaskaHill County I-35 W
EustaceHenderson County Highway 175
RogersBell County Highway 36
Southside PlaceHarris County Adjoining Houston on Bellaire Blvd
Calvert Robertson County Highway 36
SelmaBexar/ Comal County Line I-35
"15 Minutes of Separation" October 1, 2010 column

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